Michail Antonio was taken off at half-time for West Ham against Manchester City on Saturday, and was replaced by Pablo Fornals.
And ExWHUemployee claimed the decision by Pellegrini was purely a tactical one:
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 11, 2019
If true, that really doesn’t bode well for Antonio’s future.
The Daily Mirror (page 69 of its Sunday, 28 July edition) claimed that Crystal Palace wanted to sign the 29-year-old last month, but he eventually ended up staying at the London Stadium.
Antonio joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015, for around £7 million. And he has proven to be a fine addition for the east London outfit.
West Ham have plenty of top class wingers now, however, including the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass. And even attacking midfielders like Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini who can both operate out wide.
And following Saturday’s clash with City, Antonio will surely be worried about his future, having been taken off at half-time.
The winger’s situation at West Ham will be made a lot clearer over the next few weeks and months.
Pellegrini was clearly not happy with his performance on Saturday. And he might just have a lot of work to do if he is to remain at West Ham beyond the January transfer window.