That's Torn It! Antonio Out For Ages

Contrary to the hopeful images we saw of Michail Antonio at Rush Green, the Hammers striker has been side lined for what could be up to six weeks with an injury to his troublesome hamstring, it is a situation that was always going to potentially occur, but the timing was not anticipated.

To lose such an influential player is little short of catastrophic, but David Moyes has built a squad that works as a unit and the loss of Antonio, grievous as it is, doesn't necessarily spell imminent disaster. The recent recruitment of Said Benrahma from Brentford has turned out to be a god send as he might just be the solution to the problem, either as a fox in the box, or as a provider at close quarters for the under performing Sebastien Haller.

Although Antonio has taken the spotlight with regards to goal scoring and tremendous wing play, it should not be forgotten that one of the reasons he has found himself so much space is because of Jarrod Bowen operating on the opposite flank, not only that, but the tireless running of Pablo Fornals also creates endless opportunities.

The situation is obviously not ideal, but it was one that most fans expected to happen, however it had been hoped that it would be later rather than sooner! Michail Antonio has shown the way for the 'expensive' players to go about their business on the pitch, nothing less than all out commitment will be tolerated by David Moyes, his coaching staff, or indeed the fans.

An outsider looking in would say, "Hey, what's the problem? Your winger who has become a striker is now injured, so you replace him with your record signing who was supposed to playing as a striker in the first place, and you do have additional wingers available don't you?"

If only life was that simple, particularly when it involves West Ham United and their long suffering fans, it is to be hoped that Big Mich recovers soon, but is not rushed back too soon, we wish him all the best. - Ed

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But like you say Nev it was going to happen.Lets hope Banama does the business cos I havnt much faith in you know who....

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NorthHertsIron's picture

it will be ok,haller will be dumped and things will carry on as usual ,this is West Ham

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Thats it then,this is benramas chance,he needs to hit the ground running,i have no faith in haller at all,i will back track on my words,and hands up if he proves me wrong.

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I actually want to hold my hands up & say Haller you proved us wrong!!lol

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boogerscaravan's picture

Yep, like they said. I have no faith in Le Merde either...........Dramarama all the way!!!!

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Burkie111's picture

It was beautiful while it lasted

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playing Soucek as Striker he is good with his head and has a fair bit of pace with bowen and Benrahma on either side

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nevillenixon's picture

Good idea, but it would leave a gaping chasm in the midfield.

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Deluded Hammer's picture

IF he's given the service. Moyes needs to stop putting square pegs in round holes

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Haller is the only proper forward we have left, so he should be given the same courtesy and support provided for Antonio so far in terms of tactics and formation. If we do that, Haller is likely to give us goals and assists.
Similar to what Antonio did. Both are different players, but Haller at Frankfurt was as instrumental for them as Antonio was for us in recent games.
Let's see what happens.

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Burkie111's picture

Big difference between those two Hamburg,one runs his heart out for west ham the other is a lazy fecker

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NorthHertsIron's picture

stick him in the reserves and try to get rid of him in January,his whole attitude is s**t,he has to want the time on the pitch to warrant a start but goals against championship teams so what he does not give a toss,sorry

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His attitude stinks,that's why he gets slated by westham fans,I keep hearing our formation doesnt suit him! Is that the formation where you roll your sleeves up & give 100% like his teammates?

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Yes mate hes a lazy bastard,he is a goal hanger,if the pass isnt inch perfect,he wont work for it,so the chance goes.

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