Jarrod Bowen is an English professional footballer who plays as a right winger or forward for Premier League club West Ham United and the England national team. He has previously played for Hereford United and Hull City.
After unsuccessful trials at Aston Villa and Cardiff City, Bowen started his career as a scholar at Hereford United. At the age of 17, Bowen was given his Hereford United first team debut by manager Peter Beadle after impressing for the youth team that season, playing in a 2–0 loss against Barnet on 22 March 2014. He scored his first career goal on 21 April 2014 in Hereford's 3–2 home victory over Alfreton Town.
After Hereford were expelled from the Football Conference in June 2014, Bowen signed for Premier League club Hull City in July. After impressing during pre-season in 2016, he made his first-team debut for Hull on 23 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 EFL Cup victory over Exeter City. On 7 November 2016, Bowen signed a new two-year contract with Hull.
Bowen scored his first goal for Hull on 5 August 2017, away to Aston Villa in a 1–1 draw. In September 2017, Bowen signed a new contract that tied him to the club until June 2020. He scored 15 goals in all competitions during the 2017–18 season, which saw him finish as Hull's top scorer. At the annual end of season awards ceremony on 8 May 2018, Bowen won both the Hull City Supporter's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards.
Bowen was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for December 2018, subsequently winning the award in January 2019. In March 2019, he was selected as part of the 2018–19 Championship Team of the Season. He scored 22 goals in all competitions during the 2018–19 season, which saw him finish as Hull's top scorer again. At the annual end of season awards ceremony on 7 May 2019, Bowen won the Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Hull City Supporter's Player of the Year awards.
On 27 November 2019, Bowen scored his 50th goal for Hull as a part of a brace during a 4-0 home win over Preston North End. He would score his last goal for the Tigers in a 1–0 away win against Sheffield Wednesday on 1 January 2020.
West Ham United
On 31 January 2020, Bowen joined West Ham United on a permanent transfer, with the Premier League club paying an initial £18 million for the forward, with up to £7 million in potential add-ons. On 29 February 2020, in his first start for West Ham, Bowen scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–1 win against Southampton.
On 27 September 2020, Bowen scored his first goals of the 2020–21 Premier League season, scoring twice in a 4–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers; West Ham's first league win of the season. On 4 October 2020, a week later, Bowen added to his tally for the season, scoring the third goal in a 3–0 away win against Leicester City. During the second half of the season, Bowen scored three goals in three consecutive games, in a 3–3 draw against Arsenal and 3–2 wins over Wolves and Leicester, taking his tally up to eight goals for the season.
Bowen scored his first goal in European football during the 2021–22 Europa League in a 3–0 win over Genk on 21 October 2021. On 8 May 2022, Bowen recorded two assists against Norwich City, becoming the first West Ham player to record ten goals and ten assists in a single season since Paolo di Canio in the 1999–2000 season. A day later, Bowen was named as West Ham's players' player of the season. Bowen finished the 2021–22 season as West Ham’s top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions, with 12 coming in the Premier League.
On 7 June 2023, during the 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League final, Bowen scored the winning goal, in the 90th minute, against Fiorentina to give West Ham their first trophy in 43 years with a 2–1 victory. In doing so, he became the first Englishman to score the winning goal in a major European final since Arsenal's Alan Smith in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup final against Parma. The following day, Bowen was named in UEFA's team of the season for the tournament, in which he scored six goals.