David Moyes issued a hugely worrying striker update after our draw with Burnley today that no West Ham fan wanted to hear.
The Hammers lacked any kind of cutting edge and nouse inside the final third this afternoon and we drew 0-0 as a result.
One big problem West Ham have had to deal with recently is the patchy form of Michail Antonio.
The 31-year-old began the season in sensational form for the Hammers. Micky scored six goals in his first six games of the season but has only bagged one goal since and that came at the end of October.
He has scored a couple of times for Jamaica in between but his barren run without a goal for West Ham now stands at eight.
The fact that Antonio has no competition is surely not helping him. Moyes doesn’t seem to think so though.
David Moyes issues worrying striker search update
The Scot spoke with reporters after our 0-0 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon.
And the 58-year-old responded when asked if signing a new striker in January could help get Antonio firing once again, as quoted by Football.London:
“I don’t know. I’ve been a player and sometimes having competition is not what you want. Sometimes you want to know that you’ll get picked every week. Mic deserves to be picked for our team because of what he’s done. We are looking for better but not just from Mic. The goals from Mic are not the biggest thing. It’s his performance level that I’m looking for. I’m looking for the standards from when everyone was talking about him so thoroughly and rightly so. But I think that was because of his all-round performances and I think that’s the bit we’re looking for. His goals will come.”
Moyes could be playing it cool of course. And perhaps West Ham already have a new striker signing lined up. Who knows.
If the Scot is being honest though and he genuinely believes that signing a new striker might not help Antonio then that is very worrying.
Not bringing a new centre-forward to the London Stadium in January would be a huge mistake. Whether Antonio suffers any injuries or not, the lack of competition means that he will just become complacent. It could be argued that he already has.
It’s simple human nature.
So let’s hope that Moyes is just playing down talk of a new striker arriving in East London in January. If Moyes gets it right, we could well be on for a top four finish. Get it wrong though and the second half of the season could be very challenging indeed.