West Ham United striker Michail Antonio could have 37 matches between this weekend’s season opener and 28 December, Football London correspondent Tom Clark has found.
Clark points out that the Jamaican national team still have eight more games pencilled in before the end of the year.
If West Ham were to progress through their first two Carabao Cup fixtures, he could therefore be eligible for a game every 3.5 days until the year is out.
Antonio may struggle to cope with fixture pile-up
Antonio’s injury history already makes for concerning reading. Since the start of the 2016/17 season, he has picked up 15 separate injuries. Five of those came last term, sidelining him for a total of 13 matches.
West Ham’s pre-Christmas schedule has become considerably busier after their sixth-placed finish last season secured qualification for the Europa League.
The Irons could look to address concerns over squad depth by recruiting a backup striker. Football Insider reported at the weekend that they had opened preliminary talks with Liverpool over a potential deal for Divock Origi.
Here’s what West Ham supporters made of Clark’s findings about the potentially “insane” workload which awaits for Antonio.
Hammers fans express concerns as Antonio demands become clear
“o% chance he does that without an injury”
“And we don’t need another striker….”
“BuT wE dOnT nEeD a StRiKeR”
“our only striker and definitely the most injury prone player we own, what could possibly go wrong.”
“This just emphasises how insane it is that we haven’t signed a striker”
“BUY ANOTHER STRIKER”
In other news, West Ham are targeting this left-back.
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