Jarrod Bowen says West Ham have a “hunger” to win more trophies ahead of their crucial finale to the Europa League group stage.
Throughout the history of the sport, there is probably not a single team who have underachieved more than West Ham United. With the players they’ve had over the years, they should have won a lot more trophies.
Fortunately, despite having to wait 43 years, all those years of hurt finally came to an end as West Ham won the Europa Conference League and now Bowen says the Hammers are desperate to create more memories like that. “The goal in Prague was a real special moment,” he confirmed, when speaking to the press. “It makes you want to keep doing it and adding to those moments. That moment in the summer was the first trophy I’ve ever won and it creates a hunger in you, for your teammates and the fans.”
“We’re still in Europe, we’re in the Carabao Cup latter stages and we’ve got the FA Cup to come. You want to compete in every competition and they’re all big opportunities to win trophies.”
All West Ham need tonight is a draw to finish top of their group, which would mean they go straight through to the round of 16, but Bowen says that they have no intention to settle for a draw. “I think, since we’ve been in Europe, we’ve always wanted to top the group. It would mean two less games and we’d be straight into the round of 16,” the England international stated. “Our mindset is to go and win the game. We always set out to do that. I think it will be a really good game.”
Recently, Bowen has actually been playing as a loan striker due to Michail Antonio being out injured. Given his goal scoring form though, you’d think he was a natural striker and Bowen seems to be simply loving his football no matter what position he plays.
“I wouldn’t say I’m looking specifically at anyone [to take inspiration from], but I am talking to the coaches regularly about the role in order to get better at it. “
“It’s down to the manager where he wants to play me and I’ve got to be ready to play any position he asks me to play. I’ve always wanted to score goals, whether those have come from being up front or out wide. I’m glad it looks natural though,” he concluded.
While he has been back in training, it seems unlikely that Antonio will be able to feature in tonight’s match so West Ham will be relying on their main man to lead the line once again. Such a massive match will require a massive performance, but if anyone can secure our place in the round of 16 it’s Jarrod Bowen.