West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen has been one of the main culprits of the team’s poor finishing in recent weeks.
The Hammers drew 1-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion at the
London Stadium on Wednesday evening (1 December), with David Moyes ruing a lack
of cutting edge in the final third after the game.
“I did not enjoy the performance but enjoyed the opportunities we had to score,” Moyes said [Football.London].
“I’ve been saying for a while we need to be more clinical.
We had two or three chances to finish it off and did not take them.
“That’s the disappointment and we could have played much
better tonight. I do think that our play warranted more goals.”
The Scot saw his side have 14 shots throughout the 90 minutes, but only six of those were on target [WhoScored].
Bowen had three of those 14 shots, although one of those was
from within his own half as Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was caught off his
The 24-year-old’s best chance came just after the hour mark when he drove into the box and fired a shot just wide of the post. He then had a close range effort saved by Sanchez in stoppage time.
That is two big opportunities that ultimately were the
difference between West Ham picking up one point and three.
The Athletic have revealed that Bowen has missed six “big chances” in the Premier League this season according to Opta; only Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Christian Benteke (seven) have missed more.
Of course that is not bad company to be in, but Salah (13 goals),
Mane (seven) and Benteke (four) have countered their misses by also finding the
back of the net. Bowen has scored just twice in 14 appearances.
As has shown to be the case in recent matches, West Ham
cannot rely on Michail Antonio being a consistent source of goals this season;
the burden needs to be shared around the team.
Bowen works hard and is one of the key creators in the
Hammers side, but to take his game to the next level he needs to start contributing
more in the final third.
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