Bowen needs time, says Moyes

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 7th February 2020

David Moyes has asked fans to give new signing Jarrod Brown time to settle in - whilst admitting that he needs the forward to hit the ground running.

Brown was a deadline day singing from Hull City and is scheduled to make his debut at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon when West Ham face the daunting prospect of tackling the reigning league champions.

But Moyes also believes it is a great opportunity for the 23-year-old to show exactly what he is capable of.


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Under the wing: Bowen with club captain Mark Noble


"I'm really pleased to have him," said the boss during Friday's press conference. "He is a player who has done really well in the Championship and not just for one season - it has been two or three seasons, so he has had to earn his stripes and show he can do it there.

"It gives me great hope that he can step up but I have also dealt with lots of players from the Championship - Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Tim Cahill. Some have come in and done a job quickly while others have taken their time to settle.

"I won't find that out about Jarrod yet but I will do in time. The truth is we need him, the team needs him but we can't be putting added pressure on new players to completely make all the difference here, you need to give them a chance to settle.

"I don't want you to temper anyone's enthusiasm, but I think it's an understanding of give the boy an opportunity to come and get settled in, see what it's like, find his way, understand the tempo and the intensity of the Premier League and just let's find out exactly when he's ready."

Although he was Moyes' most recent signing on the field, the manager has been busy extending his backroom staff with the introduction of former skipper Kevin Nolan and England coach Paul Nevin.

And he hopes the new coaches - which double the size of his backroom team - are similarly able to have an instant impact.


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A Hammer once more: new first team coach Kevin Nolan


"I wanted to add to the staff and we've taken our time partly because January was too busy," he added. "I did have conversations with a couple of people.

"But when we got January out the way I was able to get people in. I wanted people different in personality to me and Alan. I think Kevin's well known around these parts, he knows the club, so I'm hoping he can guide us in certain parts.

"Paul's come in with an understanding of different clubs, a background I felt we needed. I hope both can do as well as the likes of Stuart did for me last time."

Despite all the new blood, Moyes accepts that his team - who fell into the relegation zone following last weekend's 3-3 draw at home to Brighton - face a daunting task at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

"I don't think in football there's many tougher and there's only a few clubs in Europe you would call tougher games," he mused. "But it's also a challenge. Whoever the best teams, are someone's out there trying to plot to beat them.

"All the managers are thinking 'what system can I beat them with, what players can I get'. You only need to look at City's success, but Liverpool have gone out to find a way of getting better players and a better team to beat them.

"So people are now out to beat Liverpool. That's what happens in football. Teams improve. That's the way football goes. We'll go into both games [against City and at Liverpool next week] knowing it's no easy task but we'll try everything we can to get a result.

"What matters is where we are at the end [of the season] - it doesn't matter where we are in the middle of February. Of course you play everybody twice and come the end of the season we'll give ourselves a great chance of being in a strong position, but we have to win games.

"The ones we have coming up look hard, but it's where we are at the end of the season."

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