West Ham take on Sevilla tonight at home in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie, with David Moyes’ team looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit to advance into the quarter-finals.
However, they will be without star man Jarrod Bowen for the game, Moyes confirmed, after the winger suffered a bruised heel against Liverpool just under a couple weeks ago.
“Jarrod Bowen’s not available,” said the Scottish manager. “Jarrod probably won’t be available until, at the earliest, after the international break.”
The update will frustrate supporters, who will be nervous going into their heated London derby with Tottenham at the weekend – let alone fighting for a place in the final eight of a European trophy they will view as winnable.
Bowen has been a critical part of West Ham’s successes this campaign, scoring eight and assisting eight more in 28 Premier League appearances – an impressive total from the winger who has averaged a 7.09 match rating in the league according to SofaScore.
He could have also added a lot more to his total for the season so far, having missed 12 big chances – which can be viewed as a positive more than a negative as it shows that he has constantly got into goalscoring positions – and more chances will continue to follow.
On average, he is completing more than half of his dribbles, winning more than half of his duels and completing 40% of his crosses per game, and as his career with the Hammers goes on, his performances only seem to get better – reflected by the fact that his market valuation has been on a constant rise since April 2020 according to Transfermarkt.
Now valued at £31.5m, the former Hull City star has earned plenty of admirers – including Jurgen Klopp who said earlier this year: “Bowen, what a player he became! Unbelievable.
“We saw him as well at Hull and he was really good at that time. I’m not sure a lot of people expected this jump, but unbelievable player.”
Moyes will for sure miss the right-midfielder who has become one of the first names on his teamsheet when available – and with two critical games coming up starting off with the one this evening, his absence will be a huge blow, and only make the task at hand tougher.