Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus sung each other’s praises after a dominant performance against Freiburg.

There is no doubt that West Ham have a very special group of players at the moment, particularly in attack. Thursday night’s 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg demonstrated just how good the Hammers can be.

From start to finish, every single player in claret and blue put in a brilliant shift. Arguably two of the best players on the pitch though were Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus. Three excellent goals between them led the Irons to a comfortable win and the Englishman acknowledged how important Paqueta’s opener was to the German’s undoing.

“We knew an early goal would massively put them on the back foot, and at 2-0 we knew there were more goals in it for us,” Bowen told WHUFC.com. 

“It [2-0] can be a difficult scoreline because if they get one goal then they are back into it, so we wanted to get it. Cressy’s [Aaron Cresswell’s] goal was beautiful and we went on to get five. It was a comfortable night in the end but we had to take the game to them without being silly in our shape. Five goals at home in a European tie is always special.”

While everything was spot on from every single aspect, Bowen wanted to highlight how crucial both Kudus and the fans were to the thrashing. “The number of times he won the ball back, dribbled and the kept on running with the ball was brilliant. He’s so direct, has an eye for goal, and even had the composure to finish it with his right foot despite being a left-footed player. I’m really happy for him. “

“The kick-off time was difficult for the fans,” he explained, “but the ones here tonight played their part massively as did the other fans all over [the world] as well. They wanted a performance, wanted us to get into the next round, and we felt that energy. You hear the place at the end, it was rocking!”

As mentioned, the Ghanaian scored two sensational goals, but his first goal in particular was world-class. He ran with the ball from deep in his own half, showing determination to score and he did just that. 

“I think so [it’s in my top five goals],” he grinned, staying humble as usual. “I will need to look at it again. It’s one of the dreams as a player, taking players on and trying to create something out of nothing, so when I got the space, I thought let’s go for it. As an attacking player you want to score goals and keep helping the team in front of goal. The last few games have been good but the goals haven’t been coming. I was very tasty, and I could see the fans were as well, so I had to make sure I gave them a special one today.”

Much like Bowen, he was eager to praise his fellow winger. “More is coming [from Bowen] and I’m not surprised. He puts the effort in everyday at training and we are trying to be the best we can be. He deserves a lot of credit for his pressing and doing his defensive duties as an attacking player.”

If our Irons are to go all the way, “it’s important we don’t get satisfied now” as we have been drawn one of the best teams in Europe at the moment, Bayer Leverkusen, in the quarter-finals. To beat them, the players will have to put on a performance like they never had before. That said, this squad keeps going from strength to strength – with the right mindset who‘s to say they can’t do the unthinkable?