Frank McAvennie laments summer transfer failure after Michail Antonio's West Ham ban
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Frank McAvennie has expressed some concern about the lack of strikers at West Ham after Michail Antonio’s red card against Southampton.
Antonio, 31, picked up two yellow cards in the second half of their 0-0 draw on Saturday, ensuring a one-game ban in the Premier League.
He will now miss Sunday’s game with Manchester United, and ex-Irons attacker McAvennie has lamented the failure to bring a new forward in during the summer transfer window.
“I’ve spoken about it at length,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“I’ve no doubt David [Moyes] knows what he’s doing but I’d love to have seen a striker come through the door.”
Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January but the east London side have so far failed to replace the towering striker.
That has left the club with just Antonio as a senior striking option, meaning Moyes will have to adapt his tactics for Sunday’s clash with the Red Devils.
Tammy Abraham was one name heavily linked earlier in the transfer window but he ended up swapping Chelsea for Roma as the Irons were seemingly priced out of a move.
It remains to be seen whether they will make a renewed attempt for a forward in the January transfer window.
In other West Ham news, an ex-PL ref believes this Irons ace should be banned until October after a recent incident.