Paul Scholes has sent a warning to West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold after the sale of Sebastien Haller.
West Ham agreed to sell Haller to Ajax for £20million last week.
And that has left David Moyes with just one senior striker in Michail Antonio.
Haller sale leaves West Ham relying on injury-prone Antonio
With persistent hamstring problems, relying on Antonio is a big risk for West Ham.
If his performance against Stockport is anything to go by he is still some way short of match fitness too.
West Ham were actively trying to sign a striker in the summer window.
That was BEFORE they sold Haller.
Now Scholes, who watched West Ham overcome National League Stockport 1-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night, has sent a warning to West Ham’s owners over the striker situation.
Scholes sends warning to West Ham owners over striker situation
The ex Manchester United midfielder told BT Sport West Ham simply have to sign a striker this month because not even Antonio can be classed as one.
“Don’t forget with Antonio he’s only played centre forward after the lockdown,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“He’s done well there but I don’t think he’s a centre forward.
“He can play out wide or in a three but they need a proper striker.”
Antonio’s goal record when converted to striker by Moyes after lockdown effectively kept West Ham up.
And when he is fully fit, he makes the Hammers tick in their preferred wingback formation.
But Scholes makes a good point. West Ham wanted a striker when Haller was still at the club and Antonio was fully fit.
Hammers putting best start for 22 years in serious jeopardy with poor transfer planning
So what now when Haller is gone and Antonio is struggling for fitness?
It will fast become a desperate situation if Antonio is injured again.
Worryingly for West Ham fans, Moyes told the press at the weekend that the club ‘aren’t really ready’ to bring in a replacement for Haller.
That is despite knowing West Ham needed another striker for at least the last six months, if not longer.
West Ham have made their best start to a season for 22 years. But the striker situation is seriously threatening to undermine that.
The Hammers continue to be linked with a host of targets. But they have a run of winnable fixtures throughout January and February and a real to catapult themselves into the European spots.