'It'd Be Different If It Was His First Big Injury' - Exclusive: Bent issues West Ham warning
West Ham manager David Moyes knows “he needs to address” that Michail Antonio is the club’s only senior striker as deadline day approaches.
That is according to 106-goal former Premier League ace Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as West Ham are linked with moves for a number of forwards.
Sevilla centre-forward Youssef En-Nesyri was recently touted as a replacement for the recently-departed Ajax man Sebastien Haller, although that deal now appears to have stalled.
Michail Antonio is currently the only recognised striker at the club, but the 30-year-old has only just returned from a hamstring injury.
And with six days of the January window remaining and no striker deal imminent, David Moyes needs to be very wary of Antonio’s injury risk…
He told Football Insider: “They’re gonna have to manage him very, very carefully.
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“It would be different if it was his first major injury, but he’s broken down a number of times. That was why it was so surprising that they left Haller go.
“They are gonna need replacements. When he’s fully fit, he’s their focal point, he’s their number one, he gives them an added dimension.
“But when he’s missing games, they need to be able to bring someone else in.
“I’m thinking that’s why David Moyes is thinking he needs to address that in the last part of the window.”
Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong — the Championship’s joint-top scorer — is another name linked.
Josh King was also thought to be in the crosshairs until Football Insider revealed that the East London club had pulled out the race to sign the Norwegian forward.