West Ham boss David Moyes has said that he is resisting the temptation of handing January signing Jarrod Bowen his Hammers debut as he believes it’s not the right time.
The 23-year-old notched 16 goals in 29 appearances for the Championship outfit before departing for east London.
But the forward is yet to make his debut for Moyes’ side despite impressing the Hammers boss in training.
Ahead of their rearranged Premier League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday, Moyes told a press conference: “I have been pleased with what I have seen from Jarrod at the moment.
“He’s come in and settled in very quickly, he’s looked very sharp in training.
“He’s obviously had loads of games, it’s not as if he’s short of match practice or match fitness in any way so I have been pleased.”
However, the former Manchester United boss is wary of rushing the 23-year-old due to his experience with Championship players in the past.
He said: “But I am also wary of putting the boys in too quickly.
“I have had lots of boys from the Championship in the past and I think it’s important that you put them in at the right time, the right moments, at the right time and we will just take our time and see when it’s right for Jarrod.”
When asked whether Bowen would be in the picture for the match at the Etihad Wednesday evening, Moyes added: “I wouldn’t say that and I wouldn’t be direct as that and give you the answer even if I was.
“But obviously he is a talent. We need goals, he can do that. I am also very aware that we don’t need to put pressure on him too quickly.”