West Ham United’s quality depth in squad has left Micah Richards impressed this season, but he is worried about their striking options.

The Hammers have played well in the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup, with David Moyes rotating his team well as they mount a strong challenge across all competitions.

However, Michail Antonio is their only natural number 9, with Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko being deployed to lead the line whenever he is out of the team.

Richards reckons that could potentially hurt West Ham, admitting their lack of cover in the position could prove costly.

The former Manchester City star said on BBC 5 Live Sport: “I think the squad is not actually too bad, I get your point about Antonio. Bowen has done well when he’s need to go there, but the bench the other day had (Vladimir) Coufal, (Manuel) Lanzini, (Alphonse) Areola – good sub goalkeeper – (Craig) Dawson, who came on and had an amazing game.

Mark Noble, experienced, if he needs to go in there. (Issa) Diop, good defender, Fredericks, another good right-back. (Arthur) Masuaku who come on in the game as well.

“So I think when you talk about strength in depth, I just think it’s that striking position. Antonio, that focal point upfront. What he does, the way he leads the line, allows them to run into spaces, holding up the ball and be absolutely a nuisance to defenders, I think that’s the position where they’d potentially miss the most.”

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Antonio has scored six goals and weighed in with three assists in 10 league games so far this season, and he has been absolutely incredible in front of goal.

The Jamaican does more than just get involved in the goals, with his constant harrying of opposition defenders and goalkeepers often coming in handy.

Antonio has forced Everton goalie Jordan Pickford and his Liverpool counterpart Alisson into errors that have resulted in goals this season, and West Ham definitely have a huge player on their hands.

However, an injury to him could be catastrophic to their top-four and silverware chances.

They have done well to keep him fit so far and he has put in a lot of effort in order to stay away from the treatment room, but relying solely on him is a big risk.

Moyes needs to get in someone similar in January as the second half of the campaign could be gruelling.

West Ham need Antonio to remain available all season, but he needs a lot of rest for that to happen, and a suitable cover would come in very handy.

In other West Ham news, Jesse Lingard has sent a two-word message to Hammers ace after 3-2 win v Liverpool.

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