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West Ham: Bowen fails his final audition before the World Cup

West Ham United fell to another defeat in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Crystal Palace snatched all three points at the London Stadium.

Said Benrahma gave David Moyes’ side the lead in the first half with a vicious strike from outside of the box, before an error from Thilo Kehrer was punished ruthlessly by Wilfried Zaha for the equaliser.

After a penalty for the Hammers was ruled out by VAR, the Eagles continued to push and Patrick Vieira’s side continued to look dangerous before Michael Olise curled into the top corner with just seconds remaining.

One man who disappointed at the London Stadium was Jarrod Bowen. The former Hull City man dazzled in the Premier League last season, scoring 12 goals and providing ten assists, but he has struggled immensely this season, with just two goals and no assists in 14 appearances.

As per SofaScore, the England international would earn a shocking 6.3/10 rating for his performance, with only Aaron Cresswell (6.2) scoring lower of every player to feature in the game.

During his time on the pitch, Bowen would have just 31 touches of the ball at the London Stadium, which was fewer than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (46), which emphasises how little the winger was involved against the Eagles.

The 25-year-old would also complete 13 passes and have just one shot while failing to register a successful dribble on Sunday afternoon. That’s far fewer than the 20.2 passes, 2.2 shots per game and 0.4 dribbles he has averaged per game in the top flight this season.

Of the seven duels that Bowen was involved in against Palace, he would win just one, representing a 15% success rate, which again shows that the Palace defenders well and truly had the better of him.

Football.London agreed that Tyrick Mitchell pocketed the West Ham winger, rating him a 5/10 in their player ratings, while suggesting it was a “massive blow” to his World Cup ambitions, having looked off the pace in his final audition to Gareth Southgate before the squad is picked on Wednesday.

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With the Hammers now dangerously close to the relegation places in the top flight after another damaging defeat, Moyes will once again be questioning why Bowen’s form has been so poor this season.