West Ham have taken a “huge risk” by not signing a replacement for Sebastien Haller in the January transfer window, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is “very surprised” that the Irons did not sign a striker before yesterday’s deadline, especially given Michail Antonio’s injury record this season.
The Hammers sold their club-record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax last month in a £20million deal.
The London club were subsequently expected to sign a centre-forward but deals for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri and RB Leipzig’s Hwang Hee-chan failed to materialise.
It leaves David Moyes with just one recognised striker at his disposal in Michail Antonio – the Englishman, himself a converted winger, has suffered numerous hamstring injuries already this term.
When asked by Football Insider if the Irons would regret not signing a striker, Phillips said: “It is a huge risk to go into the second half of the season with just one striker.
“Would you say Antonio is going to stay fit all season playing week in, week out? History would suggest that he will not.
“He is full of confidence at the moment thought, and so is the team.
“Could they cope if he came out of the side? Who would play up there? Possibly Yarmolenko but he cannot do what Antonio does.
“It is an area of big concern and I am very surprised that David Moyes has not brought in another striker.”