Jarrod Bowen betrayed David Moyes with a horror show performance in West Ham United’s 1-0 win at Everton on Friday night.
Moyes awarded the Leominster-born forward his 30th successive Premier League appearance at Goodison Park after recalling Bowen to the starting line-up, having only turned to the attacker as a late substitute in Tuesday’s draw with Southampton.
But the decision to start Bowen looked more and more questionable as the game progressed, with the £96,000-per-week winger failing to match his exuberant energy with any real quality when on the ball.
Bowen, who Hull City boss Grant McCann lauded for being “really humble” during his time at the KCOM Stadium, brought lots of energy to the Hammers’ right-wing to display glimpses of his threat but often let himself and the Irons down through his poor decision making.
The 24-year-old frequently opted to look for a shot when a pass was on or passed when a chance to test Jordan Pickford presented itself, and must improve his prioritisation to see a return of the player who scored three times in the opening four games of the Premier League season.
Bowen is now without a top-flight strike to his name since penning his fourth of the campaign on matchday 10, while only recording two assists in 17 games thanks to five-straight uninfluential outings in recent weeks.
Moyes would have expected to see far more from Bowen than what the £25m-rated forward brought to Merseyside, where he was lucky to stay on the pitch until the 73rd-minute when replaced by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Bowen won just three of his nine duels at Goodison Park with the West Ham winger losing five of eight ground battles and his sole aerial contest of the game, per SofaScore.
He further turned over possession 16 times thanks to a woeful 62% pass accuracy rating, having misplaced eight of his 21 passes, three of five attempted crosses and only finding a teammate with one of two attempted long balls.
The 5 ft 8 attacker was able to at least create a big chance for the Irons to score against Everton but not through his shooting, with Bowen’s sole recorded effort blocked on a night Said Benrahma struggled to find a groove before Michail Antonio replaced Sebastien Haller.
More space opened up for Benrahma to display his talents once playing behind Antonio, while leaving Moyes with food for thought through his relentless pressing whenever Everton were in possession.