Speaking to Claret & Hugh, a West Ham United source has lifted the lid on a concern the club have involving star striker Michail Antonio.
The Lowdown: Antonio and the treatment table…
Throughout 2020/2021, Antonio starred for West Ham up front and was arguably one of manager David Moyes’ most important figures, when available that is.
Early on, pundit Harry Redknapp was just one of the media figures who took notice of his displays for the east Londoners – branding him ‘frightening’ on Sky Sports News (via the Boot Room).
The 31-year-old, whilst ending the campaign as the Hammers’ joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with 10 goals (WhoScored), also spent a lot of time on the treatment table – missing 97 days of the season and 13 games in total (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Hammers source lifts lid on concern…
Lifting the lid on a concern involving Antonio, a West Ham United source from within the club has told C&H there are worries surrounding his inclusion in Jamaica’s preliminary squad for the Concacaf Gold Cup.
The competition starts on July 11 and the forward’s decision to make himself available for Jamaica has prompted fears inside West Ham.
Moyes was allegedly hoping Antonio would have a quiet and restful summer, but should he be called up for their final squad, this could complicate matters.
“Obviously it’s an honour for the player and no one really wants to deprive him of it but the last thing we want is for him to become injured ahead of the new season.” explained the source to C&H.
The Verdict: Right to be concerned…
Antonio’s hamstring troubles are well documented and West Ham are right to be worried given his age, fragility and the fact they could be set for a long season with their involvement in the Europa League.
This could make the signing of a new striker to reinforce Moyes’ forward options as crucial as ever with still no sign of West Ham making concrete advancements in that department.
If he does in fact make Jamaica’s final cut, supporters will be hoping he can handle the heat while the Hammers work on bringing in adequate cover.
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