West Ham boss David Moyes is crossing his fingers that Jarrod Bowen will help the Irons beat Brentford with a record-breaking goal on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has now netted in each of the Hammers' first five Premier League away contests, his goal at Villa two weeks ago landing him on a very short list with just Mohamed Salah the only other man to have accomplished the feat

Moyes was full of praise for his winger, who last month signed a deal that will keep him at the club until summer 2030, the next step on what Bowen's manager believes is an increasingly rare, old-school path in today's game.

"I wasn't aware of it. Look, he's made a really good start to the season, Jarrod, his form's been good," said Moyes.

"There's a consistency to him at the moment as well, he's getting goals, so let's hope he can break that record tomorrow.

"I think the length of his contract would suggest to you how long we want him for and what we think of him.

"I like Jarrod's journey because I think he's been a bit of the story where football always used to be, you start in the lower leagues and find your way up.

"You make your way to the top if you can, and it's probably less and less happening in football nowadays. Now the kids are all getting taken in the academies so young and very few clubs now miss out on young boys.

"So for him to go from Hereford to Hull, Hull to West Ham and eventually become an England international, I think that says a lot about Jarrod and how well he's done."

Moyes will travel to Brentford without Lucas Paqueta and Edson Alvarez, both serving one-match suspensions, though Emerson Palmieri returns from one of his own.

It may be too soon for captain Kurt Zouma, who faces a late fitness test after missing out on the Hammers' midweek Carabao Cup last-16 victory over Arsenal.

West Ham, who sit ninth in the top flight after their first 10 contests, have managed just one win in their last five Premier League meetings and Moyes knows Thomas Frank's side will step up despite a spate of injuries.

"Ultimately when you win games you get some praise for it and you think the players are playing well, and if you lose it can be very quickly the opposite, but I actually think that the team has been playing well," he added.

"Brentford have done remarkably well over the years, they continue to do so. They have really talented footballers, and sometimes you go under-the-radar a little bit possibly, but I think for the people who watch them enough, to come up against them closely, (they) realise how good they are."

*copy from Press Association.