There’s simply no stopping Jarrod Bowen at the moment.
Having made his debut in the National League and spending two-and-a-half years in the Championship, Bowen is now rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in Europe in both the goals and assist charts.
The 25-year-old sits third for shots on target this season, having more than Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as second to Mohamed Salah for combined goals and assists, and it’s no surprise that possible suitors like Jurgen Klopp are talking glowingly about the former Hull man who is 50/1 to land the 2021/22 PFA Player of the Year award and 6/5 to finish as Top West Ham scorer.
Liverpool have already moved for Porto’s Luis Diaz who’s set to be Sadio Mane’s long-term replacement. Fabio Carvalho is expected to join in the summer, and Bowen may well become the heir to Salah’s throne.
After a series of impressive performances in the first half of the season, Bowen’s found another gear since the turn of the year, scoring five goals in his last five league games – as well as a couple more in the FA Cup against Leeds and Kidderminster – to tie Michail Antonio as West Ham’s top scorer on eight.
Antonio remains 10/11 favourite to finish the season as the Hammers’ top league goalscorer, but Bowen should give him a good run for his money at 6/5 and bet365 have boosted Bowen’s price to score against Newcastle at the weekend from 15/8 to 9/4*.
Despite being deployed as a winger, he has a habit of finding dangerous goalscoring positions, with the vast majority of his shots coming from central locations in the area, and his xG this season is actually 0.8 higher than Antonio.
Bowen is 5/2 to score 10 or fewer Premier League goals this season in West Ham’s remaining 13 games, 3/1 to score 11 or 12 and 10/3 to score 13 or 14.
No West Ham player has scored 15 Premier League goals in a season since Paolo Di Canio in 1999/00, when the Italian netted 16, and Bowen is 10/3 to reach 15.
He was cut from 9/1 into 4/1 to make England's World Cup squad after laying on three assists against Watford over Christmas – and his price has been cut further, with the winger now 7/4.
With such impressive goal and assist numbers, you shouldn’t be surprised to read he has the ninth-most shot-creating actions in the Premier League this season, and only Salah has recorded more goal-creating actions.
Hammers fans had to wait a few weeks before getting a proper look at their new signing after his move from Hull at the end of the January transfer window in 2020, but with a goal on his full debut, they took to him instantly.
He contributed 0.49 goal-creating actions per 90 in that first half-season, and keep in mind this was for a West Ham side who battled relegation all season, with David Moyes only taking over in December.
The number dropped to 0.39 the following season as West Ham secured European football, but his scintillating form this season has him second in the league on 0.72, with the Hammers looking good for Europe once again, and Bowen on the periphery of an England call-up.
Whether they’ll be able to make that leap to Europe’s top table remains to be seen, and the odds suggest that one of Arsenal, Manchester United or Tottenham will usurp them, but at 8/11 for the top six, they look good for another Europa League campaign.
*Price boost correct as of 12.18pm on Thursday 17th February
By Steve Freeth