Michah Richards has showered praise on West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, suggesting he would be one of the players to watch in 2022.

The Sky Sports pundit, while writing his column for The Daily Mail, has suggested that he expects the 25-year-old forward to improve further under David Moyes.

Richards has also made a bold prediction that Bowen could be included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad for England.

“This may seem an early call — a big and bold one, too — but the West Ham forward is my dark horse to make England’s World Cup squad,” wrote Richards for The Daily Mail.

“I’ve been watching him closely for a long time and the more I see of him, the more he impresses me.

West Ham are having a fantastic season but it feels like the only players who get singled out regularly for praise are Declan Rice and Michail Antonio. Bowen is just as big a part of it all and has been liberated by not having the pressure of needing to score all the goals, as was the case at Hull.

“In David Moyes, he has a manager who will keep squeezing improvement from him. I’ve been told by those who have played under Moyes that he would often hold back on giving his players praise, as he wanted them to keep their feet on the ground and keep them hungry.

“Those qualities are leaping out of Bowen, who was one of six players to assist more than 10 goals in 2021. Expect his progress to continue.”

Not a bad shout

Bowen has proved to be an outstanding signing for the club.

He proved himself at Championship levels with Hull City and now has been playing at a different level in the Premier League.

After initial teething problems, Bowen has really established himself as a key player for the Hammers, although he doesn’t get the hype that the likes of Declan Rice or Michail Antonio generate.

Last season, he scored eight goals in all competitions. This season, he has been simply superb with his goals, assists and creativity.

What has really impressed everyone about him is his versatility. In the absence of Antonio, Moyes has used Bowen as a striker upfront, and he has done a decent job.

He has managed four goals and seven assists in all competitions so far, and has been most effective while playing on the right-hand side.

England do have a wealth of attacking talents. It is really difficult to get into the squad at the moment, but Bowen is definitely knocking on Southgate’s doors with his consistently high level of performance.

In other West Ham news, Declan Rice told how to go to ‘another level’ for West Ham.

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