Premier League

Antonio the potential fall guy at West Ham after Yarmolenko arrival

West Ham have made multiple signings this transfer window and are expected to make more before the new Premier League season kicks off in August.

However, the most recent addition of Andriy Yarmolenko could now trigger the beginning of a host of departures including that of Michail Antonio’s.

With Manuel Pellegrini now at the helm and looking at the type of players the Chilean appreciates, Antonio’s spot in West Ham’s starting XI was always going to be at risk.

But with Yarmolenko at disposal and the increasingly likelihood of Anderson – who also likes to operate from the right – joining the club, Antonio has most certainty become surplus to requirements.

The 28-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, is by no means a bad player and has proven to be effective in various positions for West Ham since joining the east London club from Nottingham Forest back in the summer transfer window of 2015.

The likes of Yarmolenko and Anderson, though, are able to do more with the ball than Antonio and, overall, are more compatible to the style of football Pellegrini is hoping to implement at the London Stadium.

In contrast, the more direct approach to the game seen under both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes got the best out of Antonio – something that is less likely to occur while Pellegrini is in the dugout.

With all these new arrivals the West Ham board will want to balance the books, and Antonio could be one player sold to recoup some money.

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