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West Ham: Bowen silenced the critics vs Wolves

West Ham moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Wolves on Saturday.

Goals from Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen proved enough for the Hammers against their goal-shy opponents, who drop into the bottom three after another loss.

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Scamacca, who was making a rare Premier League start after his summer switch from Sassuolo, opened the scoring with a wonderful volley from outside the box, while Bowen made it two in the second half with a superb finish from inside the box.

While the Italian’s goal might have stolen the limelight, Bowen looked back to his best at the London Stadium and was arguably Moyes’ best performer on the day.

As per FotMob, the England international would earn an impressive 8.3/10 rating for his performance, which was the joint-best with Declan Rice of any player on the pitch.

After producing some superb performances last season, which saw him hit 12 goals and ten assists in the Premier League, it has been a difficult start to the new campaign for Bowen.

Yesterday’s win against Wolves represented his first goal contribution of the Premier League season at the eighth attempt, while he was also heavily involved in Scamacca’s opener, as only a last-ditch tackle prevented him from getting a shot away in the area, before the ball fell to the Italian.

During the game, Bowen would take four shots, which was a significant increase on his 2.4 shot per game average so far this season, which emphasises that he was far more involved in West Ham’s attacking play.

The former Hull City man also created three chances, provided four passes into the final third and had 45 touches, which suggests that he was perhaps unlucky not to get an assist, as no player on the pitch would create more.

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Bowen has faced criticism for his performances this season both from the fanbase and from journalists, with Joe Short labelling him “disappointingly quiet” after the defeat against Nottingham Forest earlier in the season.

However, Bowen has shown that he can be an “unreal” player – in the words of Stephen Killen – on his day, and the Englishman will take confidence from a starring display against Wolves, as he definitely looked more like the player of last season.

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