David Moyes will be faced with a dilemma of who to play up front amid West Ham’s injury troubles.
The international break has brought nothing but problems for the Hammers: Coufal was sent home for clubbing, Soucek gained yet another scar to his head and, worst of all, both Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen suffered knee injuries.
With Antonio expected to be back around Christmas time and the extent of Bowen’s injury being unknown, it has left one question on the mind of every West Ham fan; who are they going to play up front? Well there are a number of possibilities. Some will certainly appeal to some more than others but it is ultimately down to David Moyes who gets to lead the line.
Firstly, the only out and out striker with Premier League experience at the club is Danny Ings. The Englishman has been an objectively poor signing given the fee he cost, not to mention his wages. However, this could be his chance to finally prove his worth in East London and score the goals that everyone thought he would bring.
Secondly, is highly rated youngster Divin Mubama who has ripped it up at youth level in the last couple of seasons. Fans have been begging for him to get the minutes he deserves and Moyes might finally have his hand forced. Additionally, Callum Marshall could be another youth prospect who is considered, given his ridiculously good form since joining the Academy of Football.
Finally, you have the players that are not primarily strikers (though you could say that neither Antonio or Bowen are). The likes of Paqueta, Cornet, Benrahma and Kudus have all been put forward by fans. Cornet has played upfront on a few occasions for his previous sides and spent much of preseason playing as a lone striker. Kudus has reportedly suffered an injury while with Ghana but the fact it has not been reported to the club, and that he is on the bench tonight, suggests that it’s probably nothing to worry about.
As worrying as the situation is, Moyes certainly has options. Whoever he picks is going to be a risk, but who knows, it could be the start of something brilliant for one of those mentioned players. It’s not ideal in the slightest, but it’s definitely too early to start panicking.
By Charlie Bass