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David Moyes has dropped a massive clanger allowing young striker Oladapo Afolayan to leave West Ham on loan
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David Moyes has dropped a massive clanger allowing young striker Oladapo Afolayan to leave West Ham on loan

West Ham United fans are waking up today saying the same thing – ‘I told you so’.

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West Ham fans predicted their season could be derailed if David Moyes failed to sign a striker in January.

The Hammers boss admitted he had money to spend but wanted to wait until the summer to get the rigjht player.

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Many blame owners David Sullivan and David Gold for not fronting extra money to get the striker Moyes wanted – believed to be Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla.

While it is admirable the West Ham manager wants to be prudent.

He has now left himself with injury-prone Michail Antonio as his only senior forward.

West Ham fans have been warning, if and when Antonio is injured, they will struggle.

That proved to be the case against Fulham last time out when Antonio was withdrawn with “fatigue”.

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And the Hammers looked a completely different side without him or any true forward in the FA Cup defeat to Man United.

Andriy Yarmolenko proved once again he cannot play that role against top opposition.

And young striker Mipo Odubeko looked well out of his depth as he was brought on and then subbed off less than an hour later.

It raises the question what was Moyes thinking letting development squad striker Oladapo Afolayan to leave on loan for League Two Bolton last week?

The 23-year-old made his Bolton debut last night. He came on as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Morecambe. Meanwhile West Ham toiled at Old Trafford.

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Moyes has dropped a clanger letting young forward Afolayan leave after goal-scoring debut

Afolayan made headlines after scoring on his West Ham debut in the 4-0 win over Doncaster in the last round of the FA Cup.

He described scoring for West Ham as a ‘dream come true’.

West Ham’s senior players were delighted for the debutante.

And regardless of whether he is cut out for the top level or not, West Ham’s chronic lack of striker options make the decision to let him leave on loan baffling.

Afolayan is not a young striker coming through the academy ranks.

He turns 24 at the start of next season. And he has played senior football for the likes of Solihull Moors, Oldham and Mansfield.

Moyes looks to have dropped a massive clanger sanctioning that short-term loan deal.

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