West Ham are braced for one of their biggest summers in years with plenty of names set to be shown the exit door when the transfer window open in July.
With players now playing for their futures as the Hammers look set for another mid-table finish, Manuel Pellegrini will be carefully evaluating each member of the team and deciding who deserves to remain in east London next season, and one player who is more than safe is attacker Michail Antonio.
The striker scored in West Ham’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City and was a threat for the Foxes defence for most of the game and really should have scored more than once, but the former Nottingham Forest attacker can be proud of his shift on Saturday, and it might have been enough to save him from the cut this summer.
The versatile attacker hasn’t had his most productive season with the Hammers, scoring just six goals and assisting five in all competitions this season, but what he offers is something Pellegrini will find hard in the current market, a player will to do anything for the team and play where he is told to play.
This season alone, Antonio has played as striker, right-winger and right-back, and those are just the positions the 29-year-old has been asked to play. The former Championship winger made a name for himself playing on the left and has been utilised on this side of the pitch by past Hammers managers.
Antonio might not be the most consistent striker in the West Ham team, but what he offers in terms of versatility and commitment is unparalleled to any attacker Pellegrini has at his disposal, and what gives him a seal of security heading into the summer transfer window.
West Ham fans, is Antonio guaranteed to be part of the squad next season? Let us know!