Irons miracle is required

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Irons miracle is required

An Irons miracle is required in the winter window with West Ham‘s desperate need for a striker has now been exacerbated big time by the injury anxieties surrounding Mikey Antonio. Our number nine  disappeared at haste down the tunnel after 19 minutes of the game between Jamaica and Canada last night (Sat). Whether he should have been involved in a game during a competition his nation were not going to win is another question. The fact remains that from all we hear he could be missing for some important games. Even if he isn’t we still need a striker MORE than urgently.

It’s been said by some already that we should see it as a blessing in disguise as it may give Divin Mubama more opportunities . Frankly I’m not convinced. Mike’s form has been less than dodgy over recent games but form can return and his absence leaves us vulnerable should others find themselves in the sick room.

The bigger question is why the scenario was not addressed a long time ago when the money was available to buy a decent striker. We have seen two brought in by David Moyes during his time with us – Jordan Hugill and Gianluca Scamacca who played a total of 19 games between them – three in the case of Hugill – who, by the way, has had six clubs since leaving the mighty Irons!

Not great is it. Not great at all particularly as  the manager and everybody else knw Mikey is at the veteran stage who again became No 1 after he had bought and sold Scamacca at another big loss following one troubled season. This is called very poor management! Let’s hope and pray that technical director Tim Steidten and David Sullivan can produce that miracle we now require

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Slater says:

    Should have signed Traore from Wolves when he was on a free, he’s a right winger just begging to be Moyes converted, he’s a unit, he has pace, and he can’t shoot straight. Massive opportunity missed.

  • Martin61 says:

    We have been trying to sign a decent, regularly fit striker for more than 10 yrs.
    Moyse is as guilty as anyone for not prioritising and his denial of game time to Mubama is disappointing to say the least.
    For balance though, Sullivan has been raising FFP for a couple of years now and I’m not sure what players we bought this summer that as fans we would readily dispense with to enable us to afford a striker……atm I like all the players we bought.
    Equally, I’m not sure whether Steidten recommended any during the summer…..if he did and it was in the public domain, apologies but old age memory has got the better of me!

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