Such was the excitement surrounding Seb Haller’s arrival yesterday that many of us chose to forget or ignore our remaining doubts about the Hammers strike force.
In the cold light of day however, the reality is that we are one injury or suspension away from being in trouble.
Only a couple of weeks ago we were looking at Chicharito as a striker who would command little more than £10 million and who, at 31, may well of lost what he was once considered to have. Now he is being seen as a key man!
There’s also the anxiety that, for all his virtues, Michail Antonio is always seen as an emergency striker who we are now being forced to accept as a natural front man.
And from the start of the summer, with it being known that Perez, Carroll and Chicharito were all considered likely departures, most of us believed we would need to find at least two more.
Now it seems from the manager’s comments in China we have what we have and nobody up top will be going anywhere. That looks a cause for concern.
There is of course the ongoing discussion among fans about how much money may or may not be available to fund another signing. Twas ever thus.
But from where I’m sitting following yesterday’s investment I’d be surprised if we see anything other than a free signing or loan player arrive.
However, whether that’s right or wrong, one thing is for sure – we do need another front man and regardless of the cries that the cupboard is bare we will need to be concerned until someone arrives.