Moyes: West Ham won’t buy a striker in January


West Ham won’t buy a striker, Ings & Mubama are cover enough 

West Ham manager David Moyes does not see the need to buy a striker in January. The Hammers gaffer made this statement whilst speaking to the press ahead of the League Cup game against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night.

When asked about potential January reinforcements for West Ham, Moyes stated, “I don’t think we do. We’ve got Bowen, we’ve got Michail Antonio, we’ve got Danny Ings, we’ve got young Divin Mubama.”

“It’s not numbers we need. If it’s something else we need, then finding it, having it at the right cost, and getting it becomes a hard thing. There’s a huge amount of teams looking for a centre-forward right now, and I don’t think there’s many sitting there waiting to be plucked.”

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Possibly Moyes is being coy, but the lack of a decent follow-up question allowed him to sidestep the issue to some degree. However, with Mohammed Kudus departing for the African Cup of Nations, Bowen will be unable to play as a striker.

This will leave the currently injured Michail Antonio to lead the line during a period of fixture congestion. The reality is that Moyes will have to start either Mubama or Ings, which is far from ideal.

It’s imperative that West Ham recruit from a position of strength. Allowing a five-week period where the team is effectively without a striker who can regularly score could be the difference between European qualification and mediocrity.

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