A West Ham United reporter has uncovered a prospective story about Michail Antonio which will be of huge concern.
West Ham are desperate to sign a new striker this summer.
But despite selling Sebastien Haller in January, so far David Moyes has yet to make his move.
The Scot always insists he will not sign players for the sake of it and only wants his targets at West Ham.
Hammers desperate to sign a new striker this summer but wait goes on
The likes of Tammy Abraham have been linked for some time while other reported Hammers targets have moved elsewhere.
With the Premier League season kicking off this weekend, fans are worried about once again having only Antonio as a recognised out and out striker option.
The injury-prone converted striker has well documented problems with his hamstrings. And this time around there is no Jesse Lingard to fill in when West Ham are missing Antonio’s goals.
Now Football London’s West Ham correspondent Tom Clark has uncovered a worrying story in the offing that will concern Moyes and supporters greatly.
With West Ham in the Europa League it promises to be a jam-packed season.
West Ham reporter uncovers story in offing which will be of huge concern to Moyes and supporters
But throw in the fact Antonio has pledged his allegiance to Jamaica and things get very worrying indeed.
After doing some fixture research, Clark discovered that should Antonio be called up for the Jamaica squad he will face a game for club or country every 3.5 days for the rest of the year!
“Just doing some research and saw that Jamaica have eight internationals still to play this year,” Clark said on Twitter.
“If Michail Antonio gets a call up and West Ham win two League Cup matches the striker could have 37 matches between Sunday (vs Newcastle) and December 28!
“A match every 3.5 days for 129 days mind boggling numbers!
“Of course not suggesting he will play in every game or even represent Jamaica but there is that possibility. This was the type of tweet I would have just leant over and told a colleague if we weren’t all still working from home.”
Antonio workload Jamaica me crazy
Antonio most definitely wouldn’t play every game. Because his body simply is not up to it.
Throw in the travelling for international duty too and West Ham would be playing a very risky game having only him on the books up front.
Jarrod Bowen can, and has, played as a striker for the Hammers.
But West Ham lose their focal point when Antonio is not in the side and they need a powerful, like-for-like replacement to share the load.
Whether that will be Abraham or someone else remains to be seen.
But Moyes simply has to get a deal done before the window closes on August 31.