Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that not bringing in a striker in the January transfer window will cost West Ham United this season.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee recently revealed that the East London club were ‘very reluctant’ to bring in another striker on a free transfer in last month’s window despite selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax and with Michail Antonio perhaps not as reliable due to his ongoing injury issues.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England international forward has claimed that David Moyes’ team should have brought in Josh King before he went to Everton instead on Deadline Day, and added that selling Haller without bringing in a replacement will eventually cost them in the longer term in the campaign:
“I said it all through the transfer window they should’ve got Josh King. Maybe they didn’t because of the wages he wanted.
“They needed someone else there. You can’t sell your second choice striker in Haller and not replace him.
“I think that’s going to cost them in the long-term this season.
“Antonio leaves everything on the pitch when he plays, he’s that sort of player. There’s been that many games in succession, it’s going to take its toll.
“It would be different if it was a normal season when you play Saturday then the following Saturday, Antonio would probably be able to recover easily week to week. But when you’re playing so many games in short spaces, I wouldn’t have liked that because you’re going to pick up little calf niggles, little hamstring niggles. Maybe that’s what Antonio’s getting.
“He’s got a big game on Monday that West Ham want to win. It’s a shame West Ham didn’t go and buy a striker.”
West Ham can still look at free agents
Ultimately, the Hammers surely need to be looking to bring in a striker as soon as possible.
With the transfer window shut now, free agents could be a good option for the Irons, with the likes of Diego Costa still available to be brought in, although his wage demands may potentially be a stumbling block.
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Nonetheless, it is imperative that WHU bring in another striker so they at least have some form of senior cover for Antonio should he pick up another dreaded injury between now and the end of the season.
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