West Ham United’s failure to sign a back up to Michail Antonio may cost them a place in the top four, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England striker delivered his verdict after the 30-year-old limped off during their 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday night.
The Guardian report Antonio could miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury that a scan has revealed is worse than first feared.
The striker was replaced by Jarrod Bowen at Molineux with David Moyes without a recognised striker on the bench.
Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January leaving Antiono as the only recognised centre-forward at the club.
“He’s always going to get hamstring injuries, he was feeling his hamstring when he came off,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The way he plays, the explosiveness, he’s a big guy as well, he’s always going to get hamstring injuries.
“This is why they should’ve invested in another striker in the transfer window and they didn’t.
“Maybe that will cost them in the long run and cost them the Champions League.
“Yes, Bowen did well when he came on but they didn’t have a recognised striker on the pitch when Antonio came off.
“I’m sure he’ll be out for a few weeks now. The injuries are piling up at West Ham.”
The Irons’ 3-2 win against Wolves lifted them back into the top four as we enter the business end of the season.
There are eight games left to play and Moyes’ side face top four rivals Leicester City and Chelsea within their next three fixtures.