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Michail Antonio’s biggest strength may be his biggest weakness under Pellegrini

Michail Antonio’s biggest strength may be his biggest weakness under Pellegrini

Knowing where to play Michail Antonio has been a perennial problem for any West Ham manager. 

The player has already played on the left, the right, and as a striker for The Hammers under manager Manuel Pellegrini so far this season, but has failed to make an impact.

He has been limited to just four starts so far this season, most of which came during the club’s dreadful opening four games in August and September. He was subsequently dropped after that run, only starting when Marko Arnautović was injured.

Since then, the Chilean manager has become much more settled on his team, with the attacking trio of Felipe Anderson, Arnautović and Andriy Yarmolenko appearing to be the attacking favourites at the London Stadium this season.

Antonio (valued at £13.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) may struggle to work his way back into the team throughout the season. His versatility will always make him a very valuable bench player, but that will surely not suffice for the 2016/17 Hammer of the Year.

However, Antonio’s greatest strength may well be his greatest weakness under Pellegrini. The former Premier League winning manager has struggled to work out where best to play him, and while trying to work it out, other players have cemented their place in the squad. Whilst Antonio has been juggled from position to position, the ground has grown thinner under his feet.

The season is still young, but the last thing that Antonio will want is for it to go from bad to worse for him.

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