West Ham United fans have known it for ages and deep down David Moyes does too but this week came proof the Hammers simply must sign a proper striker this summer.
Make no mistake Michail Antonio has been a fantastic servant for West Ham.
His goals as a converted striker kept West Ham up last season.
Antonio is not a true striker and it has cost West Ham dear but it is no way his fault
And he can be unplayable at times as a forward for West Ham.
But the last two games against Everton and Brighton have proved – if there was any doubt – that Moyes desperately needs a proper, fully fledged forward in the next window.
Antonio’s decision-making and passing are not good enough to be an out and out striker in the Premier League.
But what he lacks more than anything else is a natural striker’s brain. He fails to make the right runs.
Anyone criticising Jesse Lingard for his performance against Brighton needs to watch more football.
Jesse Lingard was not the problem against Brighton, Antonio was but that is all on the owners
Lingard was probing constantly but at times it was like Antonio was marking the defender rather than the other way around, offering no runs for the Man United loan star to find.
Against a low block which asks more questions of a team unfortunately Antonio comes up short.
That of course is not Antonio’s fault in any way, shape or form.
This is a man that has played in every conceivable position except in goal for the Hammers. Always giving his all.
It is not Antonio’s fault that West Ham’s owners have failed to invest in a genuine striker to help share the load up front.
In many ways Michail is the perfect second striker. The problem is, the 31-year-old is the club’s ONLY striker.
Antonio has been the solution to a ridiculous problem for Moyes but something must be done this summer
This is not a dig at Antonio.
But the hugely disappointing results against Everton and Brighton are a direct result of a lack of investment from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
West Ham needed another striker last summer BEFORE Sebastien Haller was sold in January.
So if anything they need two forwards in the summer not just one.
West Ham’s European hopes now hang in the balance as a result.
West Ham fans will leave Sullivan and Gold in no doubt of their expectations this summer. Antonio’s profligacy leaves them nowhere to hide.