Worrying striker situation laid bare


With the imminent departure of Javier Hernandez to Sevilla in the next 48 hours West Ham will be left with just two strikers to remain fit until November.

Michail Antonio who can play up front looks likely for a three month lay off if scan results confirm the worst that an operation is needed and Xande Silva is also out until late October as he recovers from an obstructed bowel operation.

There is also no option to recall Jordan Hugill from QPR until January. Although the Hammers could look for a free agent we are led to believe that this remains unlikely despite freeing up a non-grown player place with Hernandez exit.

It leaves the two new West Ham summer signings of Sebastien Haller and Abian Ajeti as the only strikers relying on them to stay injury-free and in-form.

Hernandez handed in his transfer request on Thursday desperate to return to a Spanish speaking country but many supporters believe the club should have made him wait until January in the same way Pedro Obiang was made to wait for his move.

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  • Bucks Hammer says:

    I’m sure Pellers has a back up plan in place
    Trust him he knows what he is doing
    Also what’s the point in keeping a player who obviously doesn’t want to be here

  • Russell Burke says:

    Better he goes now than next summer on a free.
    Always liked Chicharito but his heart wasn’t with us.
    Antonio’s injury is a big blow as he could play at his best for about 70mins but as a lone striker it just doesn’t work.
    Pelle should pull Haller off the pitch when the game is virtually won and give Ajeti as many minutes as possible. And also have him start the cup games with Haller on the bench.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Of the free agents can’t see us going for Sturridge as he is always injured and notoriously difficult for players and managers to get on with and Balotelli is … Balotelli, I would love to see him come to the club because of his ability but not sure MP would take the chance considering the baggage, he is though ability wise a top 4 level player.

  • Pelly's Heroes says:

    You’re forgetting that Yarmolenko is a striker. He scored 99 goals in 228 league games for Dynamo Kiev until he left two years ago.

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