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West Ham could find their next Bowen in George Earthy

West Ham United have enjoyed a remarkable rise under current boss David Moyes in recent years, with the Scotsman having taken the club from relegation strugglers to European contenders in his impressive tenure thus far.

A key figure in that journey to date has been that of Jarrod Bowen, with the electric forward having proven a hugely reliable asset for the Hammers over the past few seasons, having been snapped up by Moyes for a reported fee of around £20m back in January 2020.

The former Hull City man had been somewhat untested in the Premier League prior to his switch to the London Stadium – having made only seven top-flight outings for the Tigers during the 2016/17 campaign – although made a relatively smooth transition to life at the elite level.

After an initial slow start in his new surroundings – in which the Englishman scored just one league goal in the tail-end of the 2019/20 campaign – the one-time Hereford United man has only gone from strength to strength since then, scoring 20 league goals across the last two campaigns combined.

Last season proved particularly profitable for the fleet-footed forward as he laid on 18 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, with that form having earned a long-awaited call-up from Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in May.

The four-cap marksman – who has five goals to his name so far this term across all fronts – has unsurprisingly been tipped for a departure in recent times, with Liverpool believed to be one of those interested in the £37.8m-rated man.

Should the Irons lose Bowen any time soon, the club could well be able to find a suitable successor in the form of teenage sensation, George Earthy, with the 18-year-old playmaker having caught the eye in the club’s youth ranks of late.

By his own admission, the promising talent shares a likeness with the current West Ham star due to his role as a “creative” asset in the academy, with the hope being that he can go on to replicate the £60k-per-week man’s impact for the club in the coming years.

The young Englishman – who signed his first professional contract at the end of last season – has already made his presence felt for the club’s U18 side with 18 goals and eight assists in 45 games across all competitions, as well as one goal in nine games at U21 level.

Like Bowen, the versatile asset is able to feature all across the frontline in a variety of attacking roles, with such flexibility likely to prove invaluable to Moyes and co moving forward.

A lifelong Hammers fan, Earthy is certainly one young talent to be keeping an eye on.