West Ham United picked up where they left off as they kickstarted the new Premier League campaign with a win in an exhilarating six-goal thriller at St James’ Park.
The Irons went into the break behind but emerged for the second half rampant, firing three goals to defeat Newcastle United 4-2.
Hammers boss David Moyes witnessed four different goalscorers as he continued to cope with a lack of resources as left-back Aaron Cresswell, midfielder Tomas Soucek, Said Benrahma and leading talisman Michail Antonio all found the net.
The latter two even notched an assist each, putting their name in the hat for the ‘Man of the Match’ award. In the end, the Sky Sports commentary team went with the 31-year-old forward, despite his missed penalty and even missing that sitter from close range.
There was, however, another name that was arguably the unsung hero on the afternoon – Jarrod Bowen.
The 24-year-old dynamo has been subject to transfer interest from Liverpool throughout the summer but he shrugged off any distractions to deliver a masterclass on that right flank.
He was a constant thorn in Steve Bruce’s side. Bowen constantly got in behind his counterpart, wing-back Matt Ritchie and he made the most of the chances to take Ciaran Clark on one-on-one – neither of the home duo managed a better rating than 6.2 on SofaScore, in comparison to the Hammers’ star being graded at 7.3.
Plenty of the plaudits will go to the likes of Antonio, Benrahma and even Declan Rice but Bowen’s involvement cannot be understated. As perfectly described by the Evening Standard, who graded his performance a seven out of ten, the Irons machine was “always lively when in possession.”
It was that chaotic presence that helped set the tone to West Ham causing all sorts of problems in the second half and it is also why he should be lauded as Moyes unsung hero on the afternoon.
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