Having signed for West Ham United in what was a £22m deal back in 2020, Jarrod Bowen is quickly becoming one of the most exciting wide-forwards in the Premier League.
Indeed, after a decent start to life in east London – scoring one goal, registering four assists and creating four big chances over his 13 Premier League appearances in the second half of the club’s 2020/21 campaign – the 25-year-old has since kicked on in extraordinary fashion.
Last season, the right-winger became a much more permanent fixture in David Moyes’ starting XI, featuring in all 38 top-flight fixtures, over which the £80k-per-week forward bagged eight goals, provided five assists and created a whopping 11 chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.4 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
However, it has been over the Englishman’s 24 Premier League appearances in the current campaign in which he has taken his game to a different level, with the attacker having already scored seven goals, registered seven assists and created eight big chances, in addition to taking an average of 2.4 shots and making 1.3 key passes per fixture.
These metrics have seen Bowen average a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.13, not only ranking him as Moyes’ third-best performer in the division but also as the joint 40th-best player in the league as a whole.
So much has the 25-year-old improved in the past two years, West Ham first-team coach Stuart Pearce has even drawn comparisons between the winger and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, stating: “The comparison between him and Mo Salah, we have looked at the way Salah stands the defender up and stops and then goes again or uses the defender to curl the ball around into the far corner.
“I think it is just picking up a few comparisons that can help Jarrod with his game a little bit. Starting a run, then stopping it and killing a defender in his tracks, then going again, little things like that. That is why I still think he has more to come in his game.”
However, there is also a very concrete metric for measuring just how impressive Bowen’s rise to the top has been, as CIES now value the Hammers forward at £59m – something that clearly demonstrates Moyes struck gold when signing the winger back in 2020.