Michail Antonio’s injury has brought West Ham’s squad deficiencies sharply into focus. And we might just regret having not pursued a move for West Brom hitman Karlan Grant.
The 23-year-old ended up joining the Baggies on transfer deadline day from Huddersfield Town for around £15 million (BBC).
But Grant would have been the ideal addition for the Hammers. And we should have challenged West Brom for his signature.
David Moyes does have Sebastien Haller in reserve. But he isn’t a like for like replacement for Antonio.
The Scot brought Said Benrahma to the London Stadium on deadline day. But it could be argued that we were more in need of an orthodox centre-forward.
Grant, 23, enjoyed a superb season with Huddersfield last term, scoring 19 goals in 43 league games (Who Scored).
And he is already off the mark for the Baggies in the Premier League after scoring his side’s equaliser against Brighton last weekend.
The former Huddersfield man is an incredible hard worker. He runs the channels, has great energy and stamina, is a general nuisance for opposing defenders and is a top class finisher.
Sound like someone West Ham could have done with? Of course he does. And for just £15 million, we could have brought a truly top class striker. And a young one with a high ceiling as well.
Grant could well be worth at least treble the amount that West Brom paid for his services in a couple of years.
If 23-year-old goes on to rip it up at the Hawthorns, the Hammers’ failure to even make an attempt to sign him will be highlighted even further still.
Benrahma was a great signing, but if we’re being realistic, we needed someone like Grant more. Let’s just hope that not signing him doesn’t come back to haunt us this season.