West Ham ace Michail Antonio has outlined the reasons why he wants David Moyes to bring a new striker into the club.
The 31-year-old has been the Hammers’ only centre-forward option for the past 13 months after Moyes chose to sell Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January 2021.
Antonio has been brilliant for West Ham during that period. He has bagged 16 goals and 13 assists in 43 games since Haller was moved on (Transfermarkt).
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The problem for the Hammers forward is that he is expected to produce the goods week in, week out, due to the simple fact that we don’t have another striker at the club.
It’s up to Moyes to change all of that. The Scot failed to make a single signing in the January transfer window and he absolutely has to make up for that in the summer.
West Ham striker Antonio pleads for new signings
It could actually be argued that the Hammers don’t need just one new striker, but two.
We have a great chance to cement our place as a regular top six Premier League side with the additions of a few elite players. And centre-forward is a position where West Ham are undoubtedly at our weakest.
Antonio will be 32 next month, let’s not forget that. And the fact that he is the only striker (converted winger) at the club is beyond a joke considering the fact that we are fighting for success on three fronts this season.
And Antonio suggested that he is crying out for more competition and cover when speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast:
“People do not understand when I say ‘I want someone to cover for me, I want a striker to come in’ because I am not just thinking about myself I am thinking about the team and we want the team to finish as high as possible,” the Jamaican international said. The higher the team finishes the better it is for me and the team so to have that cover and not just the cover I want someone to push me, I don’t want someone to be there just for when I cannot play I want someone to push me to make me be better and that is the reason why I want someone in to help me.”
Antonio clearly isn’t beating around the bush. He is desperate for Moyes to bring some new signings into the London Stadium, just like the fans are.
Moyes absolutely must get the striker signing spot on in the summer.
West Ham need to bring a world-class striker in and Moyes could really do with signing another cheaper option as well. Most clubs challenging for major honours have at least three forwards in their squads.
And if the Hammers are to make some real progress over the course of the next couple of years, then the owners and Moyes need to show some real ambition in the transfer market.
Antonio pleading for a new striker to be signed tells us all we need to know. The fans are craving some new arrivals at the London Stadium and the players obviously are as well.