After the sale of Sebastien Haller in the January window, many West Ham supporters were left frustrated that they didn’t sign a replacement striker for him.
It means the Hammers have just Michail Antonio as the senior centre-forward in the squad, but they have individuals such as on-loan Manchester United player Jesse Lingard that can fill the position.
Tony Cottee has suggested that perhaps West Ham learned from a previous mistake they made, as well as adding it’s difficult to sign quality players midway through the campaign.
During David Moyes’ first spell in charge as Irons manager he signed Jordan Hugill for £8million (Daily Mail) during the 2018 January window, which is a transfer that massively failed.
The centre-forward only made three appearances in all competitions for the club before his sale to Norwich City.
“Jesse Lingard has temporarily solve the problem [at striker], which is great,” Cottee told We Are West Ham Podcast.
“If you don’t sign anyone people moan, ‘we’re not ambitious, we should have signed someone’. A few years ago we bought in Jordan Hugill and he didn’t really play at the club. We spent £8/9million on him and then he’s moved on. You’ve got to be careful. I think the compromise is exactly what the manager did.”
If the right target was not available to West Ham in the final few days of the transfer window, they perhaps made the right decision not to panic buy.
Hugill certainly fit into that category a few years ago and he’s now back playing Championship level with Norwich where he’s far more effective.
West Ham are in the mix for a top four finish in the Premier League and have enough quality in the squad to cover, so perhaps waiting until the summer where they can focus on signing a top-class forward makes sense.