Former West Ham defender Glen Johnson is not sure whether Jarrod Bowen will be able to translate his form in the Championship to the Premier League.
The Hammers clinched a £22m move for the Hull City winger on deadline day, but with the 23-year-old having only made seven appearances previously in the top flight, Johnson feels the club shouldn’t pin all of their hopes on the forward getting the team out of trouble:
“You can’t pin your survival hopes on him. He’s obviously a young kid and is walking into a league that’s completely different.”
There is no doubt that a move for Bowen was a calculated gamble. Although the winger has scored 16 goals in the Championship so far this season, he will be coming up against far better defences in the Premier League.
The last time West Ham brought in a player from the Championship in January it didn’t work out particularly well, with Jordan Hugill have struggled after his £10m move from Preston.
However, Bowen is arguably a more talented player, and at 23, he does also have the potential to develop and grow in the coming years.