'Just give him the ball': West Ham's Coufal reveals Bowen tactic

‘Just give him the ball’: Vladimir Coufal reveals West Ham’s tactic of feeding Jarrod Bowen is paying dividends after he becomes first Hammer to hit double-digits for goals and assists in a Premier League season for 22 years

  • Jarrod Bowen set up three of West Ham’s four goals at Norwich on Sunday
  • Forward is first Hammer to hit 10 goals and assists in a season for 22 years
  • Bowen lauded for a string of good performances dating back to last season 
  • Coufal hopes for swift return to Europa League following this season’s exploits 

Vladimir Coufal has revealed West Ham’s simple tactic to get the best out of star forward Jarrod Bowen: ‘Just give him the ball.’

Bowen set up West Ham’s first three goals in Sunday’s 4-0 win at Norwich and in doing so took his number of assists this season to 10.

The 25-year-old is now the first Hammer since Paolo Di Canio 22 years ago to reach 10 goals and 10 assists in a Premier League season.

Jarrod Bowen (right) assisted three of West Ham’s four goals in Sunday’s 4-0 win at Norwich

‘Jarrod’s been playing well since last season,’ said right-back Coufal.

‘I’m happy for him and I enjoy playing alongside him. All you have to do is give him the ball because he will either score or provide an assist.’

Said Benrahma was twice the beneficiary of Bowen’s creativity at Carrow Road, while Michail Antonio was also on the scoresheet before half-time.

Manuel Lanzini wrapped up the comprehensive victory with a second-half penalty to keep West Ham in with a shout of a return to Europe, following their Europa League semi-final defeat last Thursday.

Vladimir Coufal (left) has heaped praise on the form of West Ham team-mate Jarrod Bowen

‘It was disappointing for us to lose to Eintracht Frankfurt but we are experienced enough to accept it, move on from it and go again, which we did,’ added Czech international Coufal.

‘It was a very important win for us and another three points on the table. It helps strengthen our chances of securing European football next season, but we’re aware we still need to win our remaining games.

‘It was important for us to return to winning ways because we lost four games in a row.

‘It’s our main goal to secure European football for next season. Europa League would be better than Conference League but it doesn’t matter because we want to play European football next season.’

Paolo Di Canio was the last Hammer to record 10 goals and assists in a season, 22 years ago

One bright spot on another otherwise dark day for relegated Norwich was a debut for teenage winger Tony Springett.

The 19-year-old, who came on at half-time, told the club website: ‘It is unbelievable to make my debut.

‘That is what I have wanted since I was a kid, to step on a Premier League pitch.

‘But, considering the result, it was not the best. It hurts a bit, but at the same time I am very grateful to get my debut.’

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