David Moyes has dismissed talk of West Ham star Jarrod Bowen being a target for the Premier League elite, insisting: ‘He’s at a top club!’
To the surprise of many, the ex-Hull forward, 24, was heavily linked with a £30million summer move to Liverpool.
And, ahead of the Reds’ visit to the London Stadium today, Anfield Boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed he is an huge admirer of Bowen, who has cracked goals three in his last seven outings.
However, according to Hammers manager Moyes, the player does not need to join a big club – because he is with one already.
Asked about the transfer speculation surrounding Bowen, the Scot replied: ‘’Well, he’s at a top club.
“It’s about the level of consistency Jarrod now needs to bring to his game. We are trying to up his goals, and his assists. All these things. And with Said Benrahma, as well.
“You’ve got to remember they’ve both come out of the Championship. It’s a really good grounding for them. They are hungry to succeed, desperate to get better, desperate to improve their finishing.
“You can hardly get them off the training ground. And the two are great team players.”
A fact borne out by their flourishing partnership either side of West Ham’s main hitman, Michail Antonio. Between them, the trio have bagged 16 goals in all competitions this term.
Not that Moyes would rank them alongside Liverpool’s Fab Three of Mo Salah, Saido Mane and Roberto Firmino – or Fab Four, including Diogo Jota.
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The ex-Everton boss, fresh from his 1000th game in a dug-out, explained: “I don’t think we can compare with Liverpool’s because they have done it at the highest level, consistently well, scoring numerous goals.
“But we have a front three who can all contribute bits – and have been all season. They each bring something different.
“What we’re trying to get from them is a consistency and reliability they can nick us a goal at the right moment.
“Are they at the level of the Fab Four at Liverpool? No, not yet. They have to keep pushing to get to those standards.“
West Ham, though, are in touch with Liverpool in the table – and will overtake them if they win this afternoon.
But to maintain their lofty ambitions, Moyes knows the basics must be done still.
“That maybe makes the difference between you finishing in the top four or not quite – if you don’t complete the final pass or finish a move,” said the Scot.
“But we have a great amount of belief and there’s a a level of confidence that we can go and challenge and take teams on.
“We have to keep doing that. On some occasions it’s come from our football, sometimes from a set piece goal and on some occasions because we keep a clean sheet.
“All those aspects of the game we have to keep doing well. In every game we have to a couple of those well if we are to win.”
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