Danny Murphy claims West Ham could regret not signing an extra striker to provide backup for Michail Antonio in January: ‘I do think they missed a trick in not getting someone’
- Danny Murphy says West Ham should have signed a striker in January
- The Hammers require an extra attacking option as backup to Michail Antonio
- Murphy believes David Moyes didn’t get the financial backing that he wanted
Danny Murphy believes that West Ham could regret not signing an extra striker in January to compete with Michail Antonio.
West Ham don’t have many alternative options up front and Antonio wasn’t at his best in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
The Hammers are still competing in the Europa League having made it through to the quarter-finals, while they are currently in seventh place in the Premier League.
Danny Murphy feels West Ham should have signed a striker as back up to Michail Antonio
Murphy, however, feels that David Moyes should have added to his attacking resources in January.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said: ‘I do think they missed a trick in not getting someone. Even if they couldn’t get someone they thought would take his place, someone who can compete at his level. Someone a bit younger or hungry who doesn’t mind coming off the bench.
‘All the top clubs in the Premier League, when a team makes a signing in your position you automatically jump up a gear.
‘You know you may get your place taken. When Antonio is fit, generally he plays.’
Murphy believes that not bringing in another striker could prove costly for West Ham
Murphy claimed that Moyes would have wanted to sign a striker and may not have received the financial backing that he required.
Murphy continued: ‘Although he [Moyes] said the right things, I don’t think he got what he wanted [in January].
‘He’s an intelligent man, why wouldn’t he want someone in?’
Antonio has scored ten goals in 36 appearances this season but he hasn’t found the net in the league since New Year’s Day.
Winger Jarrod Bowen is currently out injured, which has also contributed to West Ham struggling in the final third.
Murphy is adamant that Moyes would have wanted to sign a striker in January
West Ham are now six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with the Gunners having two games in hand.
Murphy added that West Ham didn’t need to spend a significant amount of money in January in order to strengthen their squad.
Murphy said: ‘West Ham are in a good position, but they were in an even better one. They were still in the cup a few weeks ago and in a better position in the league.
‘A bit of strengthening and a bit of risk, not stupid in spending hundreds of millions, but one or two in attacking areas – every West Ham fan was saying the same thing.
‘There’s no way Moyesy didn’t want someone in.’
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