There’s oh so much optimism around the West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern following their recent signings.
The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez have all arrived in east London of late, giving our resident Hammers plenty of reasons to cheer. Still, the London Evening Standard‘s recent report has concerned them somewhat.
They’ve revealed that Michail Antonio will miss the club’s first game of the campaign away at Manchester United, following comments from Slaven Bilic during the club’s training camp in Germany.
Our punters were seriously impressed by the 27-year-old last season, who played his way into the England reckoning as a result of his strong run of form. He recently penned a new four-year deal at the London Stadium, much to the delight of our drinkers, so missing him for the Premier League opener will undoubtedly be a big miss.
However, the former Nottingham Forest man is reportedly ahead of schedule in his return from a hamstring injury picked up against Swansea City back in April, even in missing the trip to Old Trafford.
“He [Antonio] is ahead of the plan”, said Bilic.
“The plan is for him to miss the first game of the season.”
While it’s a shame for Antonio, West Ham are pretty well placed to deal with nursing him back to health and not rushing. The likes of Arnautovic and Andre Ayew can deputise in wide areas for him, while Javier Hernandez can operate as a central striker at long last.
For once, Bilic has options in east London.