David Moyes has signed his own P45 at West Ham if a baffling new striker claim is true as pressure mounts on the Scot.
It has been abundantly clear for all to see where West Ham’s problems are this season.
The Hammers simply do not score enough goals.
West Ham have managed just 13 goals in 16 Premier League games this season, the joint third worst in the top flight.
For context West Ham had one of the best defences in the division before the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. And even after that loss Moyes’ side still have the joint sixth best rearguard.
After spending over £100m on new striker Gianluca Scamacca, playmaker Lucas Paqueta and attacker Maxwel Cornet, questions are understandably being asked about the manager’s ability to get the best out of his signings.
The pressure is mounting on Moyes ahead of a must-win game against Brentford on Friday night.
It has been claimed by a journalist that Moyes could be axed if the Hammers do not beat the Bees at the London Stadium.
The answer to West Ham’s issues is clear, the manager and his staff must get this team scoring goals.
Scamacca has struggled and had been left feeding off scraps in matches before the World Cup break.
Michail Antonio has been woefully off form for the best part of a year and turns 33 in March.
Cornet can play as a forward but has been out injured since the start of October.
Most Prem clubs operate with at least three strikers on their books. Many feel West Ham should have signed another proper striker in the summer given Antonio’s form and age.
So Moyes has signed his own P45 at West Ham if a baffling new striker claim is true.
According to sources inside West Ham speaking to the website Claret and Hugh, Moyes has been told the club will fund a striker signing in January to help try and solve the goalscoring issue.
But Moyes has reportedly rejected the offer.
“David Moyes is understood to have been told the club will find the finance to bring in a new striker given the lack of goals from the Irons front men,” Claret and Hugh report.
“However, the manager – in whom confidence is diminishing from match to match behind the scenes- has rejected the opportunity, believing that Scamacca and Antonio can come good.”
If that is true then it is an utterly bemusing stance from the manager.
Yes we don’t want to throw money away. But it is clear we need more options up front and if the owners are willing to back the boss with the funds to get a deal done, Moyes should be saying ‘please and thank you’.
As the old saying goes, you can’t help someone who won’t help themself.
Wake up and smell the coffee Moyes – we need another striker and the owners are willing to get one for you. You should be biting their hands off.