Darren Bent believes that West Ham new boy Jarrod Bowen will not have to wait long before he takes his place in the Irons’ starting XI.

The former Tottenham and England hitman says that the current Hammers stars have not impressed with their efforts in attack this season and that the 23-year-old is a serious threat to their positions.

West Ham signed the winger from Hull City on deadline day but he was forced to watch on from the sidelines as David Moyes’ men played out a 3-3 draw with Brighton less than 24 hours after his arrival.

Bent says that despite the impressive and hard-working performances of Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio, there is definitely a place for Bowen in the side and that it will not be long before someone is axed to make way.

“He’s exciting and that’s where you’ve got to start, he’s exciting,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He’s quick as anything, he’s had a brilliant season with Hull. I think he will add to what they’ve got – he’s got pace and that was something that I think they were missing, a lot of pace and he knows where the net is.

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“We know Snodgrass scored two (v Brighton) but apart from that, no one’s really set the world alight. When Antonio’s fit, I’d still play Antonio so that still leaves a spot for Bowen.

“I don’t think he’s going to have to go in there, bide his time and wait for weeks and weeks and weeks, I think before we know it he’s going to get thrown in because nobody has really set it alight.” 

Bowen netted 17 goals in 32 appearances for Hull this season before his move to east London, with another 22 strikes to his name during the 2018/19 campaign.

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