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Will Jarrod Brown prove West Ham’s saviour or is it too much to ask?

West Ham United were quick to snatch up the Hull striker Jarrod Bowen in a move that just managed to sneak inside the January transfer window deadline.

But, can the 23-year-old replicate the goal scoring form he has displayed for Hull City over the past couple of seasons?

Last season, Bowen finished sixth in the list of Championship top goal scorers. He found the back of the on 22 occasions, four of which were from the penalty spot.

Before he left the Tigers at the end of January this year, he had 16 goals to his credit and seven assists.

He was third in the list of top scorers in the Championship behind Brentford’s Ollie Watkins and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic in first and second place respectively.

The big question that everyone will be asking, of course, is can Bowen continue to find the back of the net in the more rigorous Premiership? His first two games couldn’t possibly be a sterner test.

The Hammers are away to Manchester City on Wednesday the 19th of February in their first game following the winter break, after which they travel to Anfield where they play Liverpool on Monday the 24th of February. For Bowen, it will be a real baptism of fire.

If you believe Glen Johnson, who spent the first two years of his professional football career at West Ham before moving on to Chelsea, David Moyes could be planning for life back in the Championship.

If he is, Bowen is set for a huge disappointment given that he desperately wanted Premier League football.

Crystal Palace were about to make a bid for the young striker and Newcastle were also said to be interested. But, West Ham were the first to make a firm offer and Brown signed on the dotted line.

The 23-year-old said that there were four things that decided him on the move. Firstly was the size of West Ham.

Despite their current position, they are one of the best-known names in professional football.

Then, there was the attraction of a beautiful new stadium. Bowen said he was amazed how big it was when he strode out onto the pitch last Friday.

Another important factor was the manager. David Moyes took over from Manuel Pellegrini who became the sixth football manager in the Premier League to confirm his place in the 2019/2020 sack race.

Bowen believes that Moyes has considerable experience and that he is good at working with young players.

Last but not least, Bowen appreciates the Hammers’ squad and what he thinks he can learn from them as he attempts to acclimatise to life in the top tier of English football.

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