West Ham ‘expecting’ summer exit for main goal threat on one condition as agonising decision awaits
West Ham United are bracing themselves for the potential departure of one of their main goalscorers in the summer, according to a report.
Only five teams have scored fewer goals than West Ham in the Premier League this season. Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca has struggled to get going in the top flight, for example. Furthermore, Maxwel Cornet isn’t off the mark yet.
West Ham signed Danny Ings in January to try and bring something new to their attack. In turn, there have been rumours that Michail Antonio could make way at the end of the season.
Scamacca has been tipped for an early exit too if some of his admirers back in Italy come calling. Yet a report from Football Insider has now identified someone else who could depart West Ham.
According to the website, West Ham are “expecting” that they will receive offers for Jarrod Bowen in the summer.
Bowen has been their top scorer so far this season with 10 goals in all competitions, from 37 appearances. Therefore, his exit would only heighten West Ham’s issues in attack – even if, admittedly, he has only scored four times in the Premier League this term.
But the report claims he is “likely to leave” if West Ham suffer relegation to the Championship. Since they are currently in the bottom three, that is a serious risk.
And although Bowen is happy at West Ham for the time being, it is suggested that he “could have his head turned” by offers from big clubs.
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As things stand, it isn’t clear who might be among the contenders to buy Bowen. However, he is likely to be of interest to a few teams after how he has dealt with stepping up to the Premier League since his January 2020 move from Hull City.
Bowen’s overall record in West Ham colours is 141 appearances, 37 goals and 26 assists.
Jarrod Bowen needs to be in the Premier League
At the age of 26, his prime years are just around the corner. Obviously, he wouldn’t want to be spending them back in the Championship.
And he is unlikely to be the only West Ham player who would want to think about moving on if they did suffer the drop.
That said, there is still plenty of time for David Moyes’ side to climb out of the bottom three. It is very tight in the lower half of the table, so survival is all to play for.
Bowen is under contract at the London Stadium until 2025. Therefore, West Ham still might face some pressure to keep him even if they stay up.
But they will be hoping that finishing 17th or above might be enough to keep the four-cap England international.
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