The Last Word: Irons fans must trust Moyes as boss fails to invest in a striker

Moyes will be looking for solutions within the squad

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

It’s difficult to understand why David Moyes decided not to move for a striker in the winter window.

To be perhaps rather unfair, maybe he was haunted by the memory of Jordan Hugill, who has managed just four goals in 21 Championship games for Norwich City at the time of writing.

The result is we are now left desperately hoping that Mikey Antonio can stay fit until the end of this strange season.

It’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling TV football right now with games coming faster than at any time previously.

And that in itself will put more pressure on the main man who, despite a couple of goals, still looks marginally off his top match form or maybe is understandably looking after those hamstrings.

It seemed a given a couple of months back that by now a new striker would be on board and despite Moyes claiming that bids had been made, he seemed far more focused on bringing in Jesse Lingard.

He claims this is a guy who can play in a wide variety of front positions and even suggested using him as a false centre forward.

The reasoning behind all this apparently is that he won’t bring in a striker – or any other player – whom he considers is no better than what he already has at the club so the pressure is firmly on the Manchester United 28-year-old should he want a permanent deal next season.

Moyes added that he will also be looking for solutions within the squad which would be fine except that the only answer is one that many fans came up with across the forums weeks ago – Yarmolenko.

That was tried against Liverpool and showed no signs of working but in fairness little else did on that particular night.

And let’s be honest, one would have expected it to have been tried a long time ago in one of Mikey’s absences when the departed Seb Haller was demonstrating such poor form. It wasn’t and there was obviously a reason for that.

Lingard is a very decent player and he may well turn out to be the answer although I suspect the boss may have looked harder for a front man had we not been so comfortably placed in the League.

Like many others I find it more than odd that we have just one injury prone striker at the club but I suppose given his achievements this season we have to subscribe to two words: Trust Moyes!

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