The lack of striker options available to David Moyes is already hindering West Ham United.
Against Southampton Michail Antonio had an off day and West Ham struggled as a result in a 0-0 bore draw.
Antonio’s frustration was clear when he was stupidly sent off at the end of that game, meaning he missed yesterday’s agonising 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Striker light: Hammers nailed over failure to sign Antonio back-up
Many were of the opinion that West Ham would have beaten Man United had Antonio been available.
But the fact is he wasn’t and Moyes had no viable alternatives to play up front.
West Ham fans were incredulous when the club failed to sign another striker in the summer despite having had six months to identify a suitable replacement for Sebastien Haller and get a deal done.
Moyes said there were no viable options available (The Independent).
Insider ExWHUemployee delivers verdict on whether Moyes would look to sign free agent forward
But West Ham fans aren’t buying that having seen the likes of Odsonne Edouard sign for Crystal Palace.
West Ham’s profligacy cost them dear against Man United with some golden chances and half-chances going to waste.
Some West Ham fans have been suggesting Moyes should look to bring in an out of contract striker as back-up for Antonio.
But West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has ruled that out when speaking on the latest West Ham Way podcast (September 19th).
‘I don’t think we will’
“A couple of people have asked me whether we’re going to sign a forward on a free transfer,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast (September 19th).
“I don’t think we will because I think (Jarrod) Bowen today (against Man United), whilst it wasn’t the most accomplished of performances, it wasn’t a bad performance so I think he can possibly step in if needed.
“Interestingly (Mipo) Odubeko (currently on loan at Huddersfield) was on the bench again – hasn’t started.”
Website Transfermarkt lists all out of contract footballers.
West Ham have moved on from short-termism chaos of the past but do needs must?
And while West Ham have moved away from this kind of short-termist transfer under Moyes – there are some names that catch the eye which may be worth exploring should the need arise.
Indeed there are several players on that list who have been linked with West Ham in the past during Moyes’s tenure.
They include Daniel Sturridge, Kevin Mirallas, Salomon Kalou and dare we say Andy Carroll and Carlos Tevez.