Noel Whelan has heaped praise on West Ham attacker Jarrod Bowen after it was revealed he has received a pay rise over the new year.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Coventry striker said that the 24-year-old has proved to be a “really shrewd signing” since his January 2020 arrival and is “worth every penny” of his improved terms.
The Athletic‘s David Ornstein revealed yesterday that the winger received a “sizeable jump in wages” over the festive period.
His 30th appearance for the Hammers, which came in a 1-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day, is said to have triggered a clause in his long-term contract.
Bowen completed a move from Hull City to the London Stadium 12 months ago and his 30 appearances for the club to date have yielded five goals and six assists.
Whelan claimed the Irons beat a number of Premier League clubs, including Leeds United, to the signing of the left-footed attacker.
“Bowen has been a really shrewd signing,” he told Football Insider.
“Since David Moyes has taken over at West Ham that has been an onus on signing British players, players that know the league and very good Championship players who he feels can make the step up to the Premier League.
“Leeds were looking at Bowen but at the time we did not have the money to go and spend that on him but he has proven to be worth every penny.
“West Ham beat a lot of other clubs to Bowen. They are reaping the rewards for that. I think David Moyes will be really pleased with his progression.
“He is a fantastic player and will be there for a number of years now. He is the future.”