Antonio exit may be on hold after Carroll injury

Andy Carroll’s not unexpected injury issue may have thrown a different perspective on Michail Antonio’s position at the club.

It’s been widely speculated that the former Hammer of the Year will be on his way this summer with Palace favourites to grab him.

But the Carroll news means that we are now down to two strikers in Arnie and Chicharito with of course just Jordan Hugill available should Antonio be shipped out.

One injury to either of the two front line forwards and we start to look as thin as it gets so we have to wonder whether Antonio’s future does indeed lie away from the club as has been suggested.

With Carroll expected to be out for three months it seems folly at this stage to consider or take for granted that he will be going anywhere.

Obviously under this manager we are going to play a different way and goals will be expected of wing men Anderson and Yarmolenko.

But it would surely be a mistake – with the club now at the upper end of their spending limit for the summer – to allow a player of Antonio’s versatility in different positions to move on and look for another striker.

It will also be interesting to see whether the new boss has seen something in young Jordan Hugill during the Switzerland pre-season given the circumstances.


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11 comments on “Antonio exit may be on hold after Carroll injury

  1. Generally disagree – Antonio and Hugill can be moved on, especially if Anderson and Bernard are signed.

    Four at the back plus Wilshere, Obiang, Anderson Arnautovic, Yarmolenko and Bernard (with Chicharito instead of one of those perhaps, or on the bench) gives us plenty of firepower.

  2. Of all of the players supposedly leaving the club, I don’t want Mikhail Antonio to go……Hugill, Snodgrass, Byram, Kouyate,and possibly, Obiang can leave…..but not Antonio.

  3. Generally sorry in Antonio we trust, absolutely be gutted if he leaves. Top player, top man. He will fit in perfectly with the players we have signed.

  4. of course antonio is going to love the fact the club had made it known they would listen to offers for him for 15 million plus. he is going to be feeling really wanted and motivated, much like kouyate, obiang, hugill, byram, snodgrass, etc, etc.

  5. Yarmolenko can play up top also, personally i’d ship him out.

  6. Surely this club knows by now that it is too risky to gamble on a thin attack or defence. Whenever we have tried this in recent years with either too few defenders or attackers it has gone badly wrong.

  7. We don’t appreciate what we’ve got. I agree with Clive. All this money we’re spending on exotics and we’ve missed one of the best in the world – Shaqiri – just £13m; and to Liverpool, our first opponents in August. Anderson had better be ****ing mustard. Sorry we were talking about Antonio…. arghhhh!

  8. Does anyone think Carrol is already positioning himself to be a free agent next year? Making himself unavailable for the rest of this transfer window. What’s the odds we won’t be able to shift him in January.

  9. If Pellegrini wants to give players a chance to see what they can do before deciding who can move on, then he has to watch Antonio play (since he is still coming back from injury) and the same applies to Kouyate

    We can speculate as to who will go but if Pellegrini is really in charge we may be surprised by his final decision

  10. As far as i have seen there’s been no list of players up for sale. Just speculation in the media about who we could, possibly, perhaps recoup some money on.

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