Does West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen deserve an England call up?

The Hammers have made an exceptional start to the 2021/22 season in all competitions and Jarrod Bowen has been a massive part of their success.

The former Hull winger has 3 goals and 5 assists so far and looks set to add plenty more to his tally.

At just 24 years old Bowen has everything set up for him to be an effective attacking option at the top level for years to come.

However, with so many bright young English talents coming through the ranks his place in the England set up is uncertain.

What does he offer?

Bowen is a right winger who is very direct and always looking to get the ball onto his left foot to get a shot off.

The right sided wingers who are already main stays in the England set-up, (Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden) are both similar in the sense that they will look to get the ball onto their stronger left foot. However, they operate in ways slightly differently to the West Ham man.

Whilst the wingers currently in the set up like to have the ball to feet and create, Bowen is excellent at making wide runs and adding the extra man in attack.

In games where Harry Kane (or whoever the striker may be) appears isolated, Bowen could prove to be an excellent bench option to provide extra attacking threat with his pace in behind, and direct and effective dribbling.

Furthermore his set piece delivery is one of the best in the league. From corners, he has already got 2 league assists.

With players such as Maguire and Stones, who frequently score from set pieces for the Three Lions, Bowen has another asset which could be extremely useful for England going forward.

What does he need to do?

He’s proven he’s a serious threat to any defence, 2 quality assists recently against Liverpool proves this, but he still has another gear to get into.

He picks up dangerous positions but often fails to provide the cutting edge that is needed to add more goals to his game.

2 goals in 12 premier league isn’t awful at all, but if he wants to get a place in the England squad when there is so much competition these numbers need to ramp up.

When you have Sterling, Rashford, Sancho as well as the 2 previously mentioned all competing for positions on the wing it means your performances need to reach an exceptional level to beat any of these guys to a spot.

Bowen himself claims he isn’t worrying about a call up claiming he “doesn’t get too involved with that”.

If he just finds a more clinical touch in his finishes a spot in the England squad can’t be far away. Hectic schedules for the majority of Southgate’s trusted players means injuries are sure to come about, this is where Bowen will likely get the chance and if he wants a future in the national set up, he will need to prove to Southgate in that time that he’s worth selecting over the plethora of talent at the manager’s disposal.

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