West Ham United will be looking to bounce back from successive Premier League defeats when they return to the London Stadium later this evening.
David Moyes’ side welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to east London with their spot in fourth place still intact but he will need to see a reaction, having lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers and defending champions Manchester City in the past week-and-a-half.
It is, however, the Irons’ third game in the space of seven days, so there could be some tired legs and they do have the tough test of rivals Chelsea on Saturday to contend with, too.
The Scot has plenty of selection decisions to consider heading into kick-off, one of which is surely whether or not he includes Jarrod Bowen in his starting XI after axing him at a wintery Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Bowen, valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, has been in mixed form as of late, but on his day, he is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous players in this Hammers squad.
He has scored three goals and provided five assists in 18 appearances across the top-flight and Europa League this campaign, and only ranks second to Declan Rice (7.35) for average WhoScored rating (7.25) in the league.
During his time at Hull City, the side he signed from in a £22m deal back in January 2020, he was labelled an “unplayable” attacker on his day and since then, he has earned even more praise, with talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan dubbing him a “world-beater“.
Interestingly, 40% of the Seagulls’ attacks come down Bowen’s side on the right flank, so he could expose the gaps left behind by Graham Potter’s left-sided wing-backs, and that has got to be a mouth-watering prospect for Moyes ahead of kick-off.
Recently lauded as “an absolute manager’s dream” by Paul Merson, Bowen must be let off the leash against Brighton this evening.
AND in other news, West Ham handed January transfer boost over £9m-rated “real force”…