Bowen: Lingard a ‘breath of fresh air’ in West Ham’s European push

The England international, who joined on loan from Manchester United late in the January window, has six goals and four assists in eight games for the Hammers.

West Ham’s win at Wolves on Monday, in which Lingard opened the scoring before playing a vital role in Pablo Fornals’s goal and setting up Bowen for the third, saw the Hammers climb back into the top four above London rivals Chelsea.

“You can see his talent since the first day he came in and it’s no surprise that he’s scoring goals and setting up goals for the team,” Bowen told the club website of his teammate. “He’s been a real breath of fresh air for this massively important run-in.

“We all want to stay at this level and where we’re at in the league right now. We’ve got eight games left and they’re all massive games for us to go out there and achieve something special.”

Having not scored since January before the Arsenal game last month, Bowen now has two goals in as many games and feels he has rediscovered his spark – which could be crucial after Michail Antonio was forced off with a hamstring problem on Monday night.

Bowen said: “Unfortunately Mick picked up a knock, these things happen, and I just had to do a quick warm-up and get on the pitch and two minutes later the ball was in the back of the net, so it’s all about being ready and I’m always ready to give my all.

“After the Man United game, I said I was disappointed with my recent performances but, since that game, I feel I’m getting my spark back and scoring against Arsenal and scoring on Monday night as well are massive for my confidence.

“These things happen as a player. I’m obviously still new to the Premier League – I don’t want to use that as an excuse but even the manager has told me that sometimes it happens – but it’s all about mindset, focusing on yourself and what you’re good and keeping doing the right things.

“I prepared well even, though I knew I wasn’t playing from the start at Wolves, and I’m glad I took the chance when I got it.”

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