Jarrod Bowen hails ‘phenomenal’ Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star leads Premier League title challenge


West Ham star Jarrod Bowen says Bukayo Saka’s “phenomenal” form this season has made him the Premier League rival he most admires, alongside Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

In an interview at the start of the campaign, Bowen picked out Salah as the player he most looks up to, calling the Egyptian the “best of the best” in his position.

Despite Liverpool’s difficult year, Salah has enjoyed another strong season and ahead of Thursday night’s Europa Conference League semi-final first-leg against AZ Alkmaar, Bowen again singled the forward out for praise.

“Salah, I saw the other day he’s scored 30 goals and people say he’s having a bad season so for the numbers he produces consistently since he came to the Premier League,” Bowen said.

Salah seems likely to miss out on a spot in many peoples’ Premier League team of the season however, given Saka’s form in inspiring Arsenal’s unexpected title challenge.

The 21-year-old has 24 goal involvements in 35 League appearances this term and also excelled for England at the World Cup, edging out rivals including Bowen, who missed out on Gareth Southgate’s squad for Qatar.

"Bukayo at Arsenal as well,” Bowen added. “I had the honour to play with him at England and saw how good he was.

“This season he’s been phenomenal. So those two are the ones for me with the numbers they produce and the quality they play at.”