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How Bowen put himself in England frame – The Athletic

Jarrod Bowen has unofficially been christened “Arjen Bowen” by supporters at the London Stadium — and the nickname has deeper meaning for staff at West Ham United.

After training sessions at Rush Green, David Moyes’ coaching staff would show the attacker video clips of former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben. The duo are both left-footed but during the three-minute clips, Bowen observed how Robben was able to glide past defenders and attempt shots and crosses with his right.

The thinking behind this was to make Bowen feel comfortable using his weaker foot. Staff felt his tendency to cut in on his left meant he posed less of a threat.

To freshen it up, they also showed clips of right-footed former Bayern attacker Franck Ribery having success with his left peg, with defenders unsure whether the France international would cut in, or go on the outside.

After these video sessions, discussions lasted between 15 and 30 minutes — and Bowen was tasked with replicating the moves he’d seen Robben and Ribery making. First-team coach, and 78-cap former England left-back, Stuart Pearce would defend against the winger in one-on-one situations.

The catch was that Bowen could dribble with his left foot but had to shoot or cross with his right.

Practice makes perfect, and this has had an impact on the winger’s form. In 31 cup and league appearances this season, Bowen has amassed 10 assists and scored nine goals.

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