2 sold, 2 injured, Hugill signed - Assessing West Ham's striker options

Frank Fielding of Bristol City blocks a shot from Jordan Hugill of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Preston North End at Ashton Gate on...

West Ham sold Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho and bought Jordan Hugill from Preston, but is it enough?

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace is tackled by Joao Mario of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 30,...Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace is tackled by Joao Mario of West Ham United during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

Having been linked with a number of names throughout the January transfer window, in the end West Ham United signed Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan and Jordan Hugill from Preston North End.

In the opposite direction both Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew departed the London Stadium for Rennes and Swansea City respectively.

Andre Ayew of West Ham United warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at John Smith's Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Huddersfield, England.Andre Ayew of West Ham United warms up ahead of the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.

It leaves manager David Moyes with limited options in attack, especially with Andy Carroll (broken foot, three months), Manuel Lanzini (hamstring, month), and Marko Arnautovic (hamstring, three weeks) all injured - as reported by Sky Sports.

With Javier Hernandez having struggled for form since a summer switch from Bayer Leverkusen, suddenly Moyes could be relying on Hugill upfront a lot more than perhaps hoped.

A dejected looking David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 30, 2018 in London,...A dejected looking David Moyes during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

Michail Antonio is now back to fitness and can play as a striker, but many believe he is far more effective out wide and allowing both Ayew and Sakho to leave looks to be something of a gamble.

It wouldn't have been had the Hammers signed more than Hugill - who arrives with a good reputation from Preston but has never played in the Premier League - but concerns with the current options are certainly legitimate.

Frank Fielding of Bristol City blocks a shot from Jordan Hugill of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Preston North End at Ashton Gate on...Frank Fielding of Bristol City blocks a shot from Jordan Hugill of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ashton Gate.

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