West Ham United recorded a major scalp over a rival in the quest for European football in Wolves, with David Moyes’ side winning 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Tomas Soucek’s second-half goal separated the two sides at The London Stadium as the Hammers climbed to fifth in the Premier League table whilst Wolves remain eighth.
Numerous Irons players were excellent against the West Midlands outfit, proving pivotal in securing the victory. However, the usually very reliable Jarrod Bowen certainly had an off day.
Having scored five goals in his last six Premier League outings going into Sunday’s contest, all eyes were certainly on the Englishman in terms of who was the most likely to make a difference in the final third for Moyes’ team.
However, according to SofaScore, the 25-year-old was significantly West Ham’s worst player, recording a 6.2/10 rating with the next worst being Ben Johnson’s 6.9.
The winger made just 30 touches during the entire game, four fewer than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and lost the ball on ten occasions, losing the ball every three touches.
Moreover, there was little in the final third from Bowen, with his only shot of the game being recorded as a big chance missed whilst failing to complete a single dribble and producing just one key pass.
The former Hull City man also attempted to make just one cross all afternoon and didn’t attempt a single long ball whilst averaging a 67% passing accuracy.
There was little contribution at the back either, with the Englishman failing to make a single tackle, block or interception whilst making just one clearance.
Furthermore, the wide man failed to win a single ground duel out of an attempted four, winning just one of three attempted aerial duels, losing 85.7% of all duels.
Performances like that are certainly unlike Bowen who has had a stellar campaign in East London, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further 11 in 37 appearances across all competitions, with seven strikes coming in 2022.
Therefore, the attacking midfielder would’ve been relieved that his side were still able to get over the line in what was such a crucial game for West Ham’s season.
The Hammers have a crucial handful of weeks coming up, with Sunday’s win over Wolves a great way to kick-start that run. Following an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Southampton on Wednesday night, the Irons take on Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham in the Premier League as well as two legs against Sevilla in the Europa League round of 16, all before April.
Therefore, Moyes will need his key players to be fit and firing, with Sunday hopefully a blip in Bowen’s case.