By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

11th Feb, 2022 | 12:40pm

Frank McAvennie astonished at West Ham transfer business

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie knows a thing or two about being a striker at West Ham but he couldn’t believe they didn’t add another in January.

Michail Antonio is currently the only senior striker at the London Stadium after David Moyes failed to bring in any new faces in the transfer window.

Attempts were made to sign another goal scorer but a move for Duvan Zapata couldn’t be completed in time [The Athletic].

Darwin Nunez [ExWHUEmployee] and Huge Ekitike [Le10 Sport] were also failed transfers in January leaving the 31-year-old Jamaican all on his own as the club’s talisman.

McAvennie though sees some of the young blood at the London Stadium getting a chance soon while admitting the squad is not on the level of Premier League champions Manchester City.

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Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I couldn’t believe they didn’t get a striker. How about the boys coming through? You’ve got to play them then.

“No disrespect to West Ham but they haven’t got the quality in every department like Man City have. I get that there are some good players but Man City can play anyone upfront the way they play.

“We need to play with that structure of having a focal point upfront and we don’t have that if the team’s different (missing Antonio).

“David’s got the team playing in a way so I wouldn’t mind seeing one of the younger boys given a chance.”

Sonny Perkins and Armstrong Okoflex have both been making a strong case for first-team involvement as the West Ham academy continues to produce quality players in bucket loads.

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