West Ham striker Michail Antonio has revealed failing to sign a replacement striker was a major unresolved mistake during the January transfer window.

The Hammers have been looking to strengthen their squad mid-season, cementing their position as top 4 Europa League hopefuls and challengers, with their current squad looking somewhat worn in places, particularly light on the front line.

However, despite interest in Benfica striker Darwin Nunez and reports of a €50m offer on deadline day, they were empty-handed when the midnight transfer gong sounded. .

Meanwhile, among the current options, Andriy Yarmolenko came under fire in David Moyes’ latest win against sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers.

What Antonio said

Speaking to The Footballers’ Football Podcast, Antonio spoke about the need for coverage for him as the 31-year-old has only missed one Premier League game so far this season.

And he was quick to stress the importance of having a foil for him for the team, as much as for himself.

“People don’t understand when I say ‘I want someone to replace me, I want a striker to come in’ because I’m not just thinking about myself, I’m thinking about the team and we want the team to come in. finish as high as possible,” said Antoine.

“The higher the team finishes the better it is for me and for the team, so to have that cover and not just the cover, I want someone to push me, I don’t want someone to be there just for when i can’t play i want someone to push me to improve and that’s why i want someone to help me.

West Ham striker Michail Antonio reveals failed West Ham January transfer

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Michail Antonio of West Ham United looks dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Jarrod Bowen was replaced as second striker when needed, but given the crowded fixture list to come, another striker would have been a most welcome addition.

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Premier League table

# Team deputy D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 liverpool 22 39 48
3 Chelsea F.C. 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 ten 37
6 FC Arsenal 21 8 36
seven Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wanderers of Wolverhampton 21 3 34
9 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 0 30
ten Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 AstonVilla 21 -4 26
12 FC Southampton 22 -8 25
13 crystal palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford F.C. 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 FC Everton 20 -11 19
17 City of Norwich 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford F.C. 20 -17 14
20 Burnley F.C. 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohammad liverpool 16
Jota, Diogo liverpool ten
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emanuel Watford F.C. 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile FC Arsenal 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mané, Sadio liverpool 8
mount, mason Chelsea F.C. seven
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United seven
Gallagher, Conor crystal palace seven
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion seven
Sterling, Rahim Manchester City seven
Silva, Bernard Manchester City seven
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyadh Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo FC Arsenal 6
Maddison, James Leicester city 6