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Jarrod Bowen knows he has the chance to emulate Trevor Brooking’s 1976 European heroics

Jarrod Bowen has come to epitomize all that is positive about West Ham United under David Moyes.

The 25-year-old has not only had a sensational season for the Hammers, but he has done so thanks to hard work and grafting both on and off the pitch, traits that skeptics feel are missing among today’s players. billionaire game.

In the summer of 2020, some six months after Bowen signed for West Ham from Hull City on a £20m-plus deal, he went to his uncle’s potato farm in Herefordshire for further training in preparation for the new season.

Jarrod Bowen has been a key part of West Ham's success story under David Moyes this season.

Jarrod Bowen has been a key part of West Ham’s success story under David Moyes this season.

Bowen hopes to lead the Hammers to a European final against Frankfurt on Thursday

Bowen hopes to lead the Hammers to a European final against Frankfurt on Thursday

Bowen’s father, Sam, is an old school guy and told his son to use the field for training. Bowen agreed and went running and running through a potato field, occasionally with weights strapped to his arms.

When he transitioned back to a more familiar surface, Bowen had gained an extra yard of pace and felt like a sprinter. He believed that he returned to West Ham fitter than ever.

Fast-forward less than two years and it’s a weight of a different kind that graces Bowen: that of expectation.

If West Ham want to beat Eintracht Frankfurt and reach the Europa League final, Bowen is likely to play a pivotal role in getting them there, such is the level of impact he has had in a standout campaign.

Bowen has the chance to follow in the footsteps of the great Sir Trevor Brooking, who scored twice against the same opponents 46 years ago to send West Ham to the European Cup Winners’ Cup final, his last appearance in a major fixture in continental competition. .

Bowen aims to repeat the exploits of Sir Trevor Brooking (right) against the same opponents.

Bowen aims to repeat the exploits of Sir Trevor Brooking (right) against the same opponents.

The 25-year-old has scored 16 goals in 47 appearances for the Hammers this season.

The 25-year-old has scored 16 goals in 47 appearances for the Hammers this season.

Gareth Southgate could include Bowen in his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar

Gareth Southgate could include Bowen in his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar

There is no one better placed to replicate Brooking’s exploits than Bowen, who knows he has the potential to emulate a West Ham legend. But, as is typical of the player, he has tried to keep these comparisons far from his mind.

Bowen is also believed to be one of the hardest workers in training camp on Moyes’ team. The manager has played a big role in developing him, often giving him the proverbial kick in the butt to challenge him and push him to achieve even more.

“I think hard work beats talent,” Bowen said. CNN at the beginning of this year.

“It’s about taking risks and I think you can have all the luck in the world, but I think if you’re not ready to be when you need to be, then you’re not going to do well.”

Moyes is known to have given Bowen a push in training to challenge him to be even better.

Moyes is known to have given Bowen a push in training to challenge him to be even better.

These characteristics are evident throughout Moyes’s West Ham, a team not known for its abundance of talent but full of hard workers and those who bring out the best of their abilities. Where the team is greater than the sum of its parts.

The center of that is Bowen, whose standout performances have made the fee West Ham paid for the player look cheap and prompted calls for him to be picked in England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

After 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances for the Hammers this season, it’s no wonder he’s knocking loudly on England’s door. He is simply in the form of his football life.

Oddists would be fools to object to Bowen making Southgate’s squad for the Gulf Nation tournament later this year. He has forced his way into serious contention not only because others in his position, like Marcus Rashford, have endured disappointing seasons, but he would be there entirely on merit.

Jurgen Klopp has publicly praised Bowen as a

Jurgen Klopp has publicly praised Bowen as an “incredible player” amid his links with Liverpool.

“Of course playing for England is a goal for me, I’d be lying if I said it’s not,” Bowen said. “I think I’m on the right track, so if it happens now or in the future, I don’t know.”

Bowen’s displays for West Ham have also caught the attention of the likes of Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp among his many admirers in English football. Klopp earlier this year described the striker as an “unbelievable” player, a rare example of a manager who is so public in praising a potential transfer target.

However, it’s not just his on-field antics that have drawn attention. His relationship with Dani Dyer, the Love Island star and daughter of actor and famous West Ham fan Danny Dyer, has also made headlines.

Bowen is in a relationship with Dani Dyer, the daughter of famous West Ham fan Danny Dyer.

Bowen is in a relationship with Dani Dyer, the daughter of famous West Ham fan Danny Dyer.

After rumors surfaced that Bowen was dating Dyer, the West Ham faithful came up with their own version of the song ‘Freed From Desire’ for their star winger and his new partner.

“Bowen is on fire and he’s shitting on Dani Dyer,” the chant says.

Danny Dyer, who has gone public with his support for Bowen dating his daughter, came up with his own slightly more PG version on Instagram in April while jokingly poking fun at the song.

“Jarrod Bowen is on fire…and he’s…hugging my daughter or something,” Dyer said.

He will want to do more than hug Bowen if he leads West Ham to a European final on Thursday night.

Dyer posted a hilarious message on Instagram in response to West Ham's song about Bowen

Dyer posted a hilarious message on Instagram in response to West Ham’s song about Bowen

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