By Kevin Phillips

21st Aug, 2021 | 6:19pm

Phillips: West Ham fans will be worried by 'surprise' Moyes transfer admission

Kevin Phillips has claimed West Ham fans should be worried after David Moyes suggested he might not sign a striker before the transfer deadline.

The ex-Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, highlighted first-choice Michail Antonio’s injury record as cause for concern for the Hammers.

As quoted by the Evening Standard earlier this month (August 13th), West Ham boss David Moyes admitted he is not “overly confident” of landing a forward before the window closes on August 31.

This means Antonio could be left as the club’s only recognised striker.

The hitman missed 13 games through injury last season.

Sebastian Haller left for Ajax in January and Andriy Yarmolenko, Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard all featured as makeshift options for Moyes.

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Phillips suggested Lingard could fill in if he returns from Manchester United.

However, he admitted it is alarming a natural striker might not join.

“I’m very surprised,” he told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“I know if Lingard comes in, he can play through the middle – but you always need another out-and-out striker.

“You need that focal point, someone who knows the role inside out.

“I think that if I was a West Ham supporter, going into a season with only one recognised striker, I’d be slightly worried.

Especially as Antonio can pick up the odd injury.”

“The job David Moyes has done with this squad is incredible.”

As well as domestic competitions, West Ham will also compete in the Europa League group stage this season.

Antonio’s 10 league goals helped fire the Hammers to a sixth-placed league finish in 2020/21.

In other news, Paddy Kenny has backed this West Ham target to be a “superstar” at the London club.