By Joe Ellis

21st Jan, 2022 | 3:40pm

Glen Johnson claims West Ham need strengthening in key area

West Ham United’s transfer business is yet to kick off in this January window with David Moyes and the recruitment team carefully planning each move.

The Irons have been linked to a number of players in various positions but they are, as of yet, keeping their money firmly tucked away until a deal comes along in their favour.

Former West Ham defender Glen Johnson however has gone on record saying that the club need to address one particular area of the squad this month.

The Sky Sports pundit told Bettingsodds.com that Moyes should be focussing on signing a striker to provide competition for Michail Antonio, who has previously suffered from niggling injuries.

“I believe West Ham should be looking for a striker who would command a starting berth rather than play second fiddle to Michail Antonio,” Johnson said.

“Michail does have his injuries and I know he scores some goals and he helps them work hard from the front but I think you need an out and out striker, that’s technically good in front of goal, that can score goals out of nothing and can be more of a play-the-ball striker rather than a workhorse.

“They should have someone who can work with Antonio or certainly be available when he’s not fit.”

The right priority

Johnson is absolutely right in his comments and the Hammers are trying to make things happen in the transfer market, despite nothing coming to fruition just yet.

Antonio is the only recognised, senior striker at the club and an injury to him could be extremely detrimental to their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Jarrod Bowen has taken up the striker birth on occasion when Antonio has either been unavailable or rested but at 31 years of age, he is going to need someone else to take the pressure off his shoulders.

Simultaneously though, he could also add pressure to Antonio whose position in the starting 11 is almost a guarantee every week.

Adding another top striker would force Antonio to up his game even more in order to keep his place as the club’s number one and that would, in turn, inspire the Hammers further up the league.

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