West Ham United seem to be making a habit of dishing out new contracts to underperforming and injury-prone players.
The Hammers raised eyebrows when they handed the hapless Arthur Masuaku a new deal until 2024 back in July (whufc.com).
Then injury-prone Aaron Cresswell got a new deal too, until 2023 (whufc.com).
Winston Reid was handed an inexplicable six-year deal back in 2017 (whufc.com). The defender has not played for nearly two years and that contract still has four years to run.
Who is dishing out the contracts at West Ham?
Marko Arnautovic was given a bumper new deal last January when he was agitating for a move to China (whufc.com).
His form went from bad to worse and six months later he was gone anyway.
Then there was Manuel Lanzini earlier this season. The injury prone Argentine, who had spent over a year out with a serious knee injury, was weighed in with a lucrative new deal until 2023 (whufc.com).
His form promptly dipped and guess what? He got injured again and has been out since.
Report claims much-loved but injury-prone Antonio is next
Now, according to Claret and Hugh – which is believed to have co-owner David Sullivan as a source of information inside the club – Michail Antonio is the next in line for an extension.
Antonio is a real fans’ favourite at West Ham. But supporters acknowledge he is injury-prone too.
Claret and Hugh claims West Ham want to keep the 29-year-old at the club for another four years, despite his persistent injury problems.
Ulterior motive for Sullivan and Gold?
It is the latest in a long line of questionable new deals dished out by David Sullivan and David Gold.
Cynical supporters believe the deals are evidence of the owners’ lack of intent to spend money in the transfer market.
And after a paltry £25million net spend in the last two windows that is simply unacceptable to the Hammers faithful.