West Ham fans may have been surprised when they saw Michail Antonio’s name on the team sheet yesterday.
Antonio was given a start with Robert Snodgrass out with a suspension. Manuel Pellegrini decided to stay with an attacking line-up, despite having Mark Noble available again.
There would have been groans from many West Ham fans when they heard that Antonio was starting.
He is usually the scapegoat most weeks and his performances have been below par since his return from injury.
But some West Ham fans would have been pleasantly surprised by the 28-year-old’s display against Manchester City.
Despite losing 4-0, West Ham still carried some attacking threat and Antonio caused the Man City defence some problems.
It was far from a perfect display from West Ham’s winger but it was more promising than his recent performances.
With his West Ham future to play for, Antonio needs to impress Pellegrini before January and he may have earned an extended stay in the first-team.
Below are some tweets from West Ham fans who were impressed by Antonio’s showing against Man City.
good lord Michail Antonio just bullied Laporte
— moist da 5'9 (@westsidebound3) November 24, 2018
— Robbie Lawther (@RLawther94) November 24, 2018
Thought Michail Antonio had the best game he's had in a while, today. Strong, attacking, tracking back. Not perfect by any means but showing signs of Antonio from a few seasons back #coyi
— Lou (@Lou1232) November 24, 2018
Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio both played very well today in my opinion.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) November 24, 2018
— Luke Metcalf (@Lukemet02) November 25, 2018
Before anyone says “we were much better second half” that’s only because City played in neutral for it lol.
Only positive I take is Pellegrini likes to attack and Antonio played well imo, we need to get the results in the upcoming games n I see no reason why we won’t. #coyi
— ⚒⚒TonyCOYI⚒⚒ (@CoyiTony) November 24, 2018
— Nick Lowery ℹ (@nick_lowery) November 24, 2018
Antonio made a step in the right direction today… need a lot more work to be the player he once was. #COYI
— Josh hall (@_Original_Josh) November 24, 2018