David Moyes’s hand has been forced ahead of the January transfer window, with the signing of a striker now vitally important.

Michail Antonio missed yesterday’s friendly clash with Fulham through injury, and Gianluca Scamacca left the field with a problem inside the first-half.

Now, the 23-year-old’s injury apparently is nothing serious, according to Billy McKinlay.

However, that doesn’t mean that Moyes should be happy with his current centre-forward options.

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Jarrod Bowen can play through the middle of course, but if he does then we lose him out wide on the right.

The addition of another striker should be one of Moyes’s main priorities this winter in my opinion.

And yesterday’s goings on at Craven Cottage should make that very clear to the Scot…

David Moyes’s hand forced ahead of the January transfer window

The fact that Moyes brought Flynn Downes on in place of Scamacca yesterday tells us all we need to know. And it should have been a stark reminder for the gaffer as well.

Moyes had Divin Mubama on the bench but chose to bring a defensive midfielder on in place of the Italian instead of the talented teenage striker.

Should Scamacca be ruled out for a few weeks, Moyes will be back in the situation where he doesn’t have a natural striker to call upon again.

That quite simply isn’t good enough, and a Premier League club should always have at least three senior centre-forwards amongst their ranks.

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In an ideal world, Moyes would sign a versatile forward in January who can play in every position across the front-line.

The perfect option in my opinion this winter would be Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz. He is out of contract at Ewood Park in the summer of 2023, and Rovers will surely be keen to move him on in January, rather than lose him for nothing in six month’s time.

The 23-year-old can play through the middle, or on the left or right.

Brereton Diaz is a hard working striker and standing at 6ft 1in tall, he’s big and strong as well.

It goes without saying that the Chile International is a good finisher. He has bagged 32 goals in his last 62 Championship games for Blackburn (Transfermarkt).

Brereton Diaz would provide able competition and cover for Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio at the London Stadium.

David Moyes’s hand has been forced ahead of the January transfer window. Let’s hope that he acts rather than just bat on with what he has available to him.

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