There was something bitterly ironic about this weekend’s football for West Ham United.
Hammers fans had been banging the drum for the club to sign another striker for over six months since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
But the summer window came and went without one arriving as West Ham take on a jam-packed season with injury-prone Michail Antonio as their only senior forward.
David Moyes told the press ahead of the game against Southampton that he simply could not find one (The Independent).
And while there is a dearth of striking talent across world football, West Ham fans don’t buy that citing a number of examples from Daryl Dike to Patson Daka and Odsonne Edouard as examples of ideal – and affordable with none of those cost over £20m – options.
Before kick-off at St Mary’s West Ham fans had watched on with glee as Edouard bagged himself a debut brace to put bitter rivals Spurs to the sword in a 3-0 win for Palace.
By the end of their match Michail Antonio had been brainlessly sent off – and will miss Manchester United next weekend as a result – while West Ham were clinging on for a point.
Antonio has looked so fresh and has been bang in form, earning himself the Premier League player of the month award.
But he had one of his worst games for some time looking very much affected by the 10,500 mile round trip to play on an awful pitch for a woeful Jamaica side.
West Ham had no alternative striker to bring on and it showed against Saints.
Quite why Moyes did not feel Edouard – at just £15m – would be a good signing is anyone’s guess.
As a Celtic man, Moyes knows all about the Frenchman.
But it is already very much looking like the one that got away, a common theme among West Ham fans on social media yesterday.
In other news, Silence from PAI Capital after ‘positive news soon’ claim.