West Ham United have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their meeting with RSC Anderlecht this evening.
That’s according to The West Ham Way, who report that, despite dislocating his finger in the 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, it is thought that Jarrod Bowen’s injury is not overly serious, with the winger expected to be available for selection for the Europa Conference League clash tonight.
However, the report goes on to state that the Anderlecht fixture could be an opportunity to hand the 25-year-old a rest ahead of the visit of Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, especially considering his recent knock.
While David Moyes may well have been toying with the idea of handing Bowen a rest against Anderlecht, considering just how important the forward has proven himself to be for the Hammers over the last 12 months or so, the fact that the 25-year-old looks as if he will be available for selection at Lotto Park this evening is undoubtedly great news for the 59-year-old manager.
While the England international has not exactly got off to a flyer so far in 2022/23, scoring three goals over his 11 appearances in all competitions this season, the £52.5m-rated talent more than proved just how crucial he is within the Hammers’ squad over the club’s 2021/22 campaign.
Indeed, over his 36 Premier League appearances last time out, the £96k-per-week forward was in remarkable form, scoring 12 goals, registering 12 assists and creating nine big chances for his teammates, with these returns seeing the winger average a SofaScore match rating of 7.09 – ranking him as West Ham’s second-best performer in the top flight last season.
The four-cap international also impressed over his 15 fixtures in the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last term, scoring a further six goals and providing one assist, taking his total for the season to 18 goals and 13 assists over 51 appearances in all competitions – averaging a direct goal contribution every 132 minutes of football played in 21/22.
As such, even if Bowen was not in line to start the Anderlecht fixture this evening, it is clear to see that the 25-year-old’s availability for the bench will come as a big boost to Moyes and his side, as the winger very much possesses the ability in the final third to come on and change the course of the game in the Hammers’ favour.