West Ham told to seal 'game-changer' signing in January amid Antonio 'worry' - pundit
Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to swoop for a “game-changing” striker in January to “take the pressure off” Michail Antonio.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted that finding a partner for the 31-year-old has to be David Moyes’ “first port of call”.
Antonio has scored just one goal in his last 12 games and failed to register a shot on target as West Ham were held 0-0 away at Burnley on Sunday (12 December).
The Jamaican’s barren run has coincided with a dip in form for the Hammers – who have won just one of their last five games.
Whelan insisted Antonio’s lack of goals will be a “worry” for West Ham.
“West Ham have always needed another option up front, even when Antonio was scoring goals,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
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“Now the goals have dried up, which will be a worry for them. They’re in desperate need of some help and strength in depth in that position.
“They never really managed to replace Seb Haller when he left, they’ve been missing that second option for quite some time now.
“The midfielders have shared the burden quite well, Bowen, Lingard, Fornals have all chipped in over the past couple of seasons, but they need another natural centre-forward who can change a game from the bench.
“It will take the pressure off Antonio. He’s got no choice but to stay out there at the moment, even if it’s not working for him.
“It’s got to be the first port of call for David Moyes in January.”
West Ham sit fourth in the Premier League after 16 games.
The Hammers face Arsenal away from home tonight.