Rio Ferdinand has highlighted how the loss of form of one particular West Ham player ended up costing us dearly this season.
The Hammers enjoyed a fairly successful campaign on the whole.
David Moyes led his West Ham team to a Europa League semi-final and a seventh placed Premier League finish.
It could have been so much better than that though.
Our paper thin squad ended up costing us in the end with so many games coming thick and fast after the new year.
Perhaps we should have signed a couple of players in January. The addition of a top-class striker would certainly have been beneficial.
Rio Ferdinand highlights West Ham weakness
Michail Antonio has been the only central striker available to David Moyes since January 2021.
That is obviously not good enough for a club competing for honours both domestically and on the continent.
And Rio Ferdinand told his ‘Vibe with Five’ podcast how the Hammers were far too reliant on Antonio this season:
“Too many games, their squad couldn’t deal with it. Antonio lost a bit of form as well – he was their main goal-getter before. It’s been a great season for West Ham though, Moyes has created something there now – a great atmosphere at the stadium.”
It’s a fair comment from Rio.
Antonio scored only three Premier League goals for West Ham after the turn of the year. And that clearly isn’t good enough for a supposed centre-forward.
David Moyes absolutely must sign a top-class striker in the summer to avoid the same situation next season.
Hopefully the West Ham board back him to the hilt in the transfer market.
Because if they don’t, the comments from Rio Ferdinand on West Ham striker Antonio could be repeated once again this time next year.