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Bowen brilliance and bite shows Hammers here to stay in top four race


The Hammers went into the weekend facing questions over whether they could cling on to fourth place after a run of three games without a win in the Premier League. This was some response, sealed by Arthur Masuaku’s bizarre winner.

David Moyes’s band of brothers have now beaten Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea at home in the League this season – and that’s before you get onto their scalps in the Carabao Cup and fine progress in Europe.

This was not even West Ham at their best, either. They can play better football but showed a remarkable amount of fight, and benefited from a stroke of luck, in downing the European champions.

Moyes has built great grit and resilience into this West Ham squad, with huge characters across the pitch.

Jarrod Bowen perhaps epitomises everything the Scot wants from his side. The 24-year-old’s strike may have only been his third in the League this season but Bowen offers far more than just goals.

The winger, who has been tracked by England manager Gareth Southgate this season, was a menacing presence throughout against Chelsea, chasing loose ball after loose ball and drawing plenty of mistakes out of the back line.

Bowen made more sprints (25) than any other player on the pitch and was constantly nipping at the visiting defence. The former Hull City man, who started out at Hereford United as a youngster, intercepted a poor ball out the back from Thiago Silva inside the opening ten minutes to set the tone.

On that occasion Bowen fired wide, but he would cause more trouble in the first half, charging Edouard Mendy after a sloppy ball back from Jorginho and winning the penalty from which Manuel Lanzini levelled.

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