By Jack Cunningham

7th Oct, 2021 | 4:10pm

West Ham Fan Mailbag: Why do the club not play an Under-23 striker?

Every week we’ll be asking West Ham fans on Twitter and Facebook for questions that will be answered by our correspondent, Jack Cunningham. You can join in by liking West Ham Zone on Facebook and watching out for weekly mailbag posts.

West Ham had a strong transfer window; they added in plenty of positions, and David Moyes’ side are in a better place than they were last season.

However, they didn’t sign another first-team striker, and they have left Moyes with just Michail Antonio.

In the two games that the 31-year-old has missed so far, Jarrod Bowen has played up front, but there have been no signs of any of the club’s Under-23 forwards.

We asked for your burning questions about the Irons this week for West Ham Zone correspondent Jack Cunningham to answer. One fan wanted to know why the club hasn’t played any of the Under-23 strikers.

This is a brilliant question, Paul, and it does raise concerns over the club’s academy.

If none of the forwards can get a first-team game when Moyes only has one striker, then when are they going to be given a chance?

The Irons have Armstrong Okoflex, Thierry Nevers, and Divin Mubama in the Under-18s, but it seems as if so far, none of them have done enough to get in the first team.

Even in the Carabao Cup, not one of these forwards started the match, and it just makes you think that Moyes potentially just doesn’t rate these players.

Bowen performed well as a striker but do you really want him playing there as a long-term backup for Antonio?

You would have to say no, and if Antonio were to suffer a serious injury or miss a prolonged period of time like last season, it is concerning that none of the Under-23 strikers seem to be in Moyes’ plans [transfermarkt].

So, there is confusion as to why Moyes doesn’t seem keen to play the Under-23 forwards, but it doesn’t look good for any of them.

In other West Ham news, David Moyes has issued a claim on Kurt Zouma.

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