‘BOWEn HaS SamE HUnGER THaT PUSHED VARDY TO TOP’
RISEn: Jamie Vardy
DAVID MOYES reckons Jamie Vardy is a fine example to Jarrod Bowen of where hard work and dedication can get you in football.
Like the Leicester striker, Bowen had to go the long way round to get to the top.
Vardy was at Fleetwood when the then-Championship Foxes paid £1million to sign him.
But he scored just as freely up the divisions and fired the goals that eventually lifted them into the Premier League and, ultimately, to the 2015-16 title.
Bowen, who will play up front for West Ham against Leicester today with Michail Antonio injured, started out at Hereford before joining Hull. It wasn’t until he joined West Ham that he really got to take his chance in the Premier League.
Moyes said: “Jamie Vardy is a really good example of what you can do if you dedicate yourself and you don’t give up, you don’t let anybody put you down and keep going.
“That hunger to take the chance when you get it.
“It’s not ‘proving people wrong’ but to prove to yourself you can compete and Jarrod is doing that.
“The really big thing is that
you can’t lose your hunger, you can’t ever think you’ve made it or can stop working at what you’re good at. The minute you stop, it finishes for you. But Jarrod is really hungry, he is ‘at it’.”
Moyes added: “If you’re going to have success you need team spirit too and we have great team spirit. At the training ground we’re having a lot of fun.
“We have good sections. The Band of Brothers – Declan Rice, Jesse Lingard and Pablo Fornals – as they’re calling themselves.
“We’ve got the Czechies Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal. I keep telling them we’ve signed the wrong ones because Slavia Prague keep doing well!
“Arthur Masuaku, Said Benrahma and Issa Diop are the French contingent.
“Mark Noble is a big key to all that happening. We’re trying to build a club with team spirit and long may it continue.”
RISING David Moyes and Jarrod Bowen