Jarrod Bowen: I still need to prove myself at Premier League level
Jarrod Bowen is determined to take his prolific pre-season form into the new Premier League season.
The West Ham United forward has scored four goals in three appearances - two at EFL Championship new boys Wycombe Wanderers, followed by two in the Betway Cup defeat by AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on Saturday - and is now eager to show that goalscoring prowess on the biggest stage.
“It's getting that confience of hitting the back of the net again," said the Hammers' new No20, who scored at a prolific rate for former club Hull City, but netted just once for West Ham following his January switch to east London.
“I got four in pre-season, and I'll go into the games full of confidence and I know where the back of the net it.
“It's important to get the minutes and. personally for me, to score goals as well, which is what I want to bring to the team going into the new season."
Bowen played in the Premier League for Hull as a teenager, but this will be the first time he will begin a new season as an established top-flight player.
Already an important member of the West Ham team, the 23-year-old wants to prove to everyone, and himself, that this is the level he belongs at.
“I've got a full season now to prove myself at the top level, which I still feel I need to do," he confirmed. “That's all I've got to do, work hard, take each game as it comes, try to play my A game every game and see what happens after that.
“I'm very excited, it's always been my dream to play in the Premier League and now to have a full season at it will be a challenge for me to step up to this level again, but I've got the confidence in myself to step up.”
I've got a full season now to prove myself at the top level, which I still feel I need to do
While his own form is good, Bowen says West Ham United are determined to shrug off the disappointment of Saturday's 5-3 defeat by Bournemouth and hit the ground running in this Saturday's Premier League opener against Newcastle United.
Previously, the Irons won their three other pre-season games and enjoyed a positive week-long training camp in Scotland.
And, added to the positive way David Moyes' squad ended the COVID-19 disrupted 2019/20 campaign, Bowen is confident.
“It's been a shorter pre-season than normal because of the circumstances, but we've got good work in,” he explained.
“We've had games, and it's important to get the minutes in. Yes, on Saturday we lost and it's not just about minutes - we want to play better than we did against Bournemouth - but we'll put it behind us now, go forward with the work we've done in the last three weeks and train hard ahead of the big one on Saturday.”