West Ham boss David Moyes should avoid Jarrod Bowen risk

David Moyes will be forced to take his West Ham side to Arsenal on Christmas Day without a fit striker, but playing Jarrod Bowen out of position would be a huge risk.

The Hammers return to Premier League action on Christmas Day with a trip to league leaders Arsenal. After three consecutive defeats before the break, Moyes is under huge pressure to turn things around.

But the winter break has not been kind to the Scot, with injuries leaving his squad scattered ahead of the clash against the Gunners.

West Ham may be without Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca for Monday night’s trip, according to football.london. Antonio missed the friendly against Fulham with a thigh concern, while Scamacca pulled out of the game early after showing signs of struggle of his own.

With both strikers facing a fitness race to be available for the game, Moyes will have to consider playing someone else up front.

Bowen is one of the more obvious choices to fill Antonio and Scamacca’s void, but would be a huge risk after his impressive performances during the break.

The 26-year-old hasn’t reached the heights of last season this campaign, but looked rejuvenated over the winter break and proved it by bagging a couple of very impressive goals from right-back.

There’s no denying that Bowen is playing his best football on the right for West Ham, and forcing him against Arsenal could ruin all the momentum he’s built up over the break.

Forcing square pegs into round holes may not be the best option for Moyes. Bowen playing on the right gives the Irons the best chance to pick up points on Monday.

Moyes’ other options are to play another makeshift striker, or perhaps introduce Lucas Paqueta as a fake new. Or he could break into the youth team and give a young but natural striker a chance to shine in a London derby.

But whatever he chooses, Bowen should stay on the right.

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