West Ham United seemed to be in holiday mode as they ended the season badly by being defeated by Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1. Despite having the lead at half-time, Brighton came out and scored three second-half goals to claim victory.
The result means that The Hammers finish seventh and will compete in the Europa Conference League next season. Had they won they would have leapfrogged Manchester United into sixth and claimed a Europa League place.
One player who has been a star for West Ham all season but had a nightmare of a game today was Jarrod Bowen. The Englishman ended the season as the club’s top scorer with an impressive 18 strikes. It’s his performances throughout the campaign that have taken West Ham to where they finished in the league and to the latter stages in Europe.
However, today he was nowhere to be seen. He made fewer touches than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with 29 compared to 42. Not only did he not have an impact on the game, when the ball did find him it wasn’t long before he gave it back to the opposition.
Bowen lost possession ten times which is an average of every 3 touches he had. It was a day to forget for him and The Hammers, and manager David Moyes will be disappointed they couldn’t end it on a high.
Despite this, what the club have achieved this season is nothing short of remarkable. Making it to the semi-finals of a European competition and still managing to keep up your form in the league is never easy, especially for a West Ham side that aren’t used to it.
It was a bad day at the office for him and may raise doubts over his ability to consistently form at the top level. It’s what would be required of him if he were to secure a big move.
He’s proven that he has exceptional abilities as an attacker, but he needs to make sure that performances like today don’t happen too regularly going forward.