Ahead of West Ham United’s match against Nottingham Forest, Jarrod Bowen has issued a warning: “Talk is cheap.”
Steve Cooper’s Reds will travel to the capital on Sunday with the intention of building on their triumph over Aston Villa the previous Saturday. Ola Aina and Orel Mangala’s goals put a stop to Forest’s six-game losing record and elevated them to 13th place in the standings.
They are currently one and a half points behind the Hammers, who have recently struggled to produce results; Bowen has acknowledged that this needs to improve. The team led by David Moyes has dropped its last three league games and has dropped its last five games overall.
Their lone triumph throughout that stretch came in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal. On Thursday, West Ham will play Olympiacos, another team controlled by Evangelos Marinakis, in the Europa League before taking on the Reds.
So far this season, Bowen has scored in each of his team’s six away league games. He did, however, say on the club’s official website following Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Brentford: “Maybe in a few years (I will look back at the record) it will be something to be proud of, but for now all I want to do is bring my ‘A’ game every week, and that’s all I’m trying to do for the team.”
“You don’t get caught up in records; you simply want to score goals in every game. I want to score goals. Right now, that’s all I’m attempting to accomplish. On Thursday, we have a major European match, and on Sunday, we have another major match.
“I think talk is cheap now,” he continued. With the exception of Arsenal, our record has been really bad. Of course, we must talk about it, but words alone won’t solve the problem; action must be taken on the field.