Michail Antonio’s injury could be a lot worse than West Ham boss David Moyes first feared, according to ExWHUemployee. And some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the insider’s claim.
The 30-year-old has been a key player for West Ham since Premier League action resumed in June.
Antonio has banged in 11 goals in 15 games since the restart. And the former Nottingham Forest man has led the line with aplomb this season.
The powerful attacker is a huge fan favourite at the London Stadium. And that combined with his importance to the team means that losing him for a prolonged period of time will be a huge blow.
Sebastien Haller is not a like for like replacement for Antonio. So Moyes will have to switch up his system, or our playing style at least, if he is to get the best out of the Frenchman.
And it just seems incredibly strange that we sold two strikers during the summer transfer window without bringing in an established centre-forward.
Relying on Antonio to remain injury free throughout the entire campaign was an optimistic plan that was always destined to fail.
And some West Ham fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to ExWHUemployee’s claim on Antonio…
Everyone knew that Antonio would get injured. The club gambled he’d be ok till the next window. It’s not hind site; Benrahma was an exciting signing, but King was always the sensible like/like replacement. At £10/15m it was a no brainer. #GSBOUT
— Mark Hexton ⚒⚒ (@Hammerhexy) October 26, 2020
Called it yesterday lol
— Tony Clarke (@tonyclarke1) October 26, 2020
Where is josh king when you need him, oh yes we have another sully fantasy deal while the manager wanted a sensible addition to the small squad he has been left with
— Paul Waller (@PaulWal31757774) October 26, 2020
No one can get near offering what Antonio does as a sole striker. We are going to have to change tactic.
I earmarked and feared three injuries
In that order for me.
Trying to be upbeat but the outlet he gives us is absolutely fantastic! Big loss!
— Greg Hammond (@therealhammo) October 26, 2020
It was only a matter of time, good thing we have a suitable replacement 🤦
— Rob Hart (@RobertHart24) October 26, 2020
Woeful squad imbalance (inadequate cover up front and in defensive midfield) about to be tested. Mark my words – Craig Dawson will play up front at times this season
— Bernard Jakob (@BernardJakob) October 26, 2020
It’s okay tho, the board knew we we had no striking options so we went & bought 2 back up strikers to cover in the window.
Oh no wait, we didn’t buy two, we sold two!! knowing we were 1 injury away from disaster again in certain positions- we went & bought another winger!! 🤬😡
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) October 26, 2020
I keep saying it till I’m blue in the face!! This is why Moyes wanted King.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC #GSBOUT (@RobWaldon) October 26, 2020
I’m sure Moyes did exactly the same thing. And Sullivan wouldn’t listen.
— David Ezra (@DavidEzra66) October 26, 2020
Thank god we signed a few backup strik…….oh
— powergoose (@powergoose73) October 26, 2020
At least we signed a striker or 2 in the transfer window
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) October 26, 2020
That was obvious though
— Chezz (@Y06_187) October 26, 2020
Couldn’t make it up. The consequence of horrific planning and a horrendously imbalanced squad
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) October 27, 2020