The lowdown: Quiet January
Despite calls from the likes of Trevor Sinclair for a striker to be added in the January transfer window, David Moyes opted against adding to the Irons’ attack and instead kept faith with Michael Antonio and his ongoing fitness issues for the remainder of the campaign.
Whilst the 31-year-old talismanic frontman remained available from mid-season onwards, the goals dried up, and as such the Hammers’ bid for Europa League glory and indeed qualification for the competition next term via the Premier League fell by the wayside.
So far this summer, the east Londoners have completed the signing of defender Nayef Aguerd from Rennes, and one onlooker has urged the club’s head of recruitment Rob Newman to focus his attention on attacking options…
The latest: Kenny makes West Ham transfer plea
Speaking to Football Insider, former Sheffield United stopper Kenny has suggested that West Ham must strengthen their attack with expensive captures in the summer transfer window.
Reacting to the £30m fee forked out for Aguerd, the 44-year-old said: “This has to become the new normal at West Ham if they are going to stay where they are. £30million needs to be the fee they are paying for a lot of their players. I’m thinking of a new striker.
“That’s what needs to happen now, that is where they have to improve. They fell away at the end of last season without having another option other than Antonio.
“That needs to change if they are going to keep competing in Europe. They have the investment so now it is time to get more bodies in. Hopefully this is the first of many big signings for them.”
The verdict: Spot on
Although the emergence of Jarrod Bowen as a goalscoring threat continues to help Antonio spearhead the attack, behind those two the next top scorer for West Ham last season was Said Benrahma with 11 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions.
Outside of Bowen and Antonio, only Sonny Perkins and Andriy Yarmolneko operated as genuine centre-forwards last term, both of whom could be on their way out of the club in the coming days as their contracts expire. Indeed, the Ukrainian’s exit has already been confirmed.
Do West Ham need a striking back up to Antonio?
Yes, one injury away from crisis...
No, we have incredible makeshift options!
If there wasn’t already enough call for a natural centre-forward signing, this possible double exit must prompt Moyes and co into action, and links with the likes of £30m-rated Chelsea marksman Armando Broja must start to take shape if the Irons are to compete amongst the upper echelons of English football once again next season.
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