At the height of West Ham’s agenda this January is signing a new striker.
After Sebastien Haller left for Ajax, there is a hole to fill in their attack but they are to yet to find an external answer to their solutions.
However, for the time being, they have an internal fix right in front of them. Michail Antonio’s performances for the Hammers have been nothing short of superb, scoring now in successive games.
If there was a cut-price way of replacing Haller then playing the Englishman through the middle is the answer.
That being said, GSB and David Moyes cannot fail to ignore their need for a new forward and in one of their targets, they could repeat a similar move to the one that brought Antonio to West Ham.
That’s because they’re targeting Adam Armstrong, a player who like the current West Ham striker has risen through the ranks of Championship football.
Antonio was an unknown quantity at the highest level when he signed for the Irons in 2015 from Nottingham Forest. Though, he’d found immense form in the second tier, scoring 14 goals and registering a further 14 assists in 2014/15. Since then, he has more than proven himself in the Premier League.
He has been a pillar of consistency, playing in a variety of positions and finding the net on 43 occasions in 166 outings. Therefore, their current target would have to do a lot in order to live up to his reputation at the London Stadium.
Fortunately, in Armstrong, they’d find a player with a similar goal-scoring record. The 23-year-old has proven himself in League One just as Antonio did, but in 2020/21, he’s found the net on 17 occasions.
Blessed with “explosive” qualities according to Tony Mowbray, there are also parallels between their style of play. Consequently, he’d surely fit in with the club’s desired style and system.
West Ham have made similar additions with former Championship stars in Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma, and thus, they’d be doing so again here.
The Irons’ hierarchy will tell you they invest well in Championship talent, so they have plenty of excuses to sign him. The omens certainly bode well.
There would be little wrong replacing Haller with Armstrong before the window closes. In fact, it would be a brilliant addition from Moyes. He suits their style, scores goals, and the club adopts Championship players well.