West Ham should look to sign a striker in the January transfer window, and David Moyes cannot afford to take a gamble.
Michail Antonio has been brilliant for the Hammers this
season, scoring seven goals and four assists in all competitions.
He has earned rich praise from fans and pundits, with Anton Ferdinand hailing him as “fantastic”.
However, the 31-year-old remains the only striker at the club, while the likes of makeshift forwards – Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma – need to work on their finishing skills.
The 1-1 draw against Brighton on Wednesday night gives a stark reminder that the Hammers board must get their cheque book ready in January, else they are inviting the risk of dropping out of the top four.
Antonio last scored for West Ham in October in the 1-0 win against Tottenham.
In the recent three Premier League games after the
international break, the Jamaica international hasn’t been himself.
The driving force, the predatory instincts, the ability to take on the last defender and creating chances that we saw from him were missing.
Without another recognised striker, Antonio is probably not
feeling challenged for the starting role.
He was away on international duty recently where he played both the matches for his country. Is he now tiring and in need of a rest?
With a new investor on board, Moyes should ask the club to
arrange funds for a top striker – a proper number nine, preferably someone with
loads of experience.
The top four race is up for grabs, and West Ham should try everything – that includes being active in the market – to secure the Champions League spot.
In other West Ham news, UEFA took major financial action over the Irons on Tuesday.
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