After scoring his recent goal for West Ham, Moyes is thinking about making Jarrod Bowen his primary striker.
Bowen had given the Hammers the lead with a superb curler from the edge of the box early in the second half against Bournemouth.
Dominic Solanke salvaged a 1-1 draw for his team after rounding Alphonse Areola with eight minutes remaining, preventing a victory for Moyes’ squad on the opening day.
66 days ago, in Prague against Fiorentina, Bowen scored a late goal to win the Europa Conference League championship.
Now from twenty yards out, he took a pass from Tomas Soucek, cut inside onto his left foot, and buried a fantastic, curving effort beyond Neto’s dive.
“It was a brilliant goal,” gushed Moyes, who had previously converted Marko Arnautovic from winger to striker at West Ham.
“Jarrod is emerging as our team’s primary scorer. There’s been a lot of chatter about the team needing to bring in a new center forward, but I think Jarrod might be up to the task.
He’s bright and has good intuition. I’m not trying to be clever; Hull used to play him in the center forward position.
Solanke scored the equalizer for West Ham after a deflected drive by Antoine Semenyo landed at his feet. He showed great control to take the ball around Areola and touch it into an empty net.
“The goal was really scruffy,” Moyes remarked. To paraphrase: “I don’t know if the boy is crossing or shooting, but he clipped Tomas Soucek’s heel and it was bad fortune for us, but we probably brought it on ourselves.”
Manchester City made an offer to recruit Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta after he turned in an impressive performance in a deep-lying midfield role.
Moyes, who has already lost Declan Rice this summer, is understandably concerned about losing another of his best players.
“Everyone’s got a price on their head,” he remarked. Simply said, we don’t want Lucas to leave. It can be tough to tell these young men they aren’t good enough to play for Manchester City or Real Madrid, two of the best clubs in the world.
As the saying goes, “we’ve had a bit of news on Lucas, but nothing that’s made us wobble.”
New manager Andoni Iraola of Bournemouth had a great time in the Premier League for the first time.
The Spanish man agreed, saying, “That’s a fair point, we wanted three.” We finished both halves strong.
When we tied the score, momentum shifted and we were able to finish the game stronger, but it was only by a single point.