According to Harry Redknapp, former West Ham player and manager, the player who really drives West Ham’s performance is not their captain and midfield maestro, Declan Rice, as relays the HammerNews.
Although Rice is West Ham’s most important player in every sense of the word, being the team’s heartbeat, captain, academy graduate, and most valuable asset, Redknapp believes that it is Jarrod Bowen who sets the tempo and makes the Hammers a different proposition.
Despite Rice’s role on the pitch and his influence, Redknapp, who managed West Ham between 1994 and 2001 and played 175 times for the club as a winger, thinks that Bowen, when firing on all cylinders, is the player who dictates West Ham’s results.
Redknapp told The Evening Standard:
“Bowen looks like he’s coming back to form now which is great because I think he’s an outstanding player for them,”
“They rely heavily on him and he looks like he’s suddenly hitting top form again.
“When he’s in form they’re a different team.”