Kevin Phillips has claimed Jarrod Bowen will be “desperate” to put on a West Ham shirt again after getting a taste of Premier League football before the break.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 23-year-old will have to come back firing if David Moyes’s side are to avoid relegation this season.
The winger signed for the Hammers on deadline day in January but had to wait a month to make his first start for the club – scoring in a 3-1 home victory against Southampton.
The former Hull City attacker started the next match away to Arsenal before the Premier League was suspended in mid-March.
When asked by Football Insider if Bowen would be eager than most to return having just established himself at the London Stadium, Phillips said: “I would expect him to pick up where he left off.
“He got a taste of what it is like there. It took a few games to get him in the side but Moyes has dealt with him well.
“He is a player that will need to come back strong because of the situation West Ham are in.
“Bowen has undoubted quality. The early signs were very good.
“He will be desperate to hit the ground running when we return. After the break, he will be like a new signing again.”
Football Insider understands the Premier League could return as soon as the second week of June after the government announced professional sport could return from 1 June.
David Moyes’s side are currently 16th but only goal difference separates themselves and the relegation zone.
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