Despite speculation with young and old, the Hammers opted to go with what they had instead of making what Moyes described as the same mistakes the club have previously fallen foul of and panic buying a striker who ultimately would prove to be unworthy.
As things stand the Irons remain on course for a remarkable finish and with it potentially European football next season – ultimate justification of Moyes’ perceived striking oversight.
Friday night’s match-winning penalty against Blackburn Rovers took the 24-year-old to 26 Championship goals for the season, six ahead of Teemu Pukki and seven ahead of another West Ham linked ace, Adam Armstrong.
Whilst other reported targets have their plus points, Toney’s goal record eclipses them all and he deserves his shot at the big time.
Should that not come to fruition, although the former Peterborough star’s value likely rises with each passing goal, West Ham should be seriously considering putting all their striker eggs in his basket.
Still young enough to learn and old enough to hold his own, Moyes has made clear his desire to sign young players who are hungry to make their name in the big-time.
Toney fits each and every bill.