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Antonio sends a message to Moyes

Thank you Michail Antonio.

I was pleased to see the Hammer of the Year announce in a post match interview that his best position was on the left wing because, despite obvious problems down the right, the manager needs to play his  best players in their best positions.

Antonio has made sure the fans understand where he wants to play. It may have just been a clever ploy to ensure he doesn’t shoulder all the blame if he produces an off colour display when out of position but regardless of that it needed to be said.

I feel very sorry for the boy because no player has been moved around to the extent he has – right back, right wing, central striker, left wing – we could be forgiven for forgetting that he is a natural left sided midfielder and I’m glad he told us all.

With Marko Arnautovich now going through the middle and returning for the Watford match apparently, and Arthur Masuaku suspended, there seems little reason not to play him there  at the weekend although of course the match fitness thing may get in the way of that happening from the start!

For all that I remain pleased he made the announcement and hope David Moyes saw the subtlety of what he may have been up to.


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7 comments on “Antonio sends a message to Moyes

  1. I think the message he needs to send to Moysie is to get him on the running track for an hour a day and to ban pork scratchings from the vending machine.

  2. Pretty sure Moyes is aware of that but , is having the same problem as his predecessor with injuries and under par performances . If it wasn’t for that six game unbeaten run we would be bottom . With injured players coming back in one would expect our game to improve somewhat . One thing is for sure ; with our current injury list Bilic would have been totally lost as to what to do . Our two recent signings have yet to prove themselves and I see no reason why they shouldn’t be able to . Not the greatest signings in January but not the worst either . Nice to see Hernandez on the score sheet again ., it was the only bright thing to take away with us . So , here we are again with yet Another must win game on the horizon .
    Nervous times but , we are well used to it .

    • Who had a worst window then us,when you consider our squad is very thin at best and our constant injury problems on top of that and that 2 players left plus sevaral loans ,it’s baffling that you think it was ok

      • I’m noting saying it’s ok , Dan46 . It’s far from perfect . All I meant was that there are clubs that made signings or changes which are in reality are no better than ours . The lad from PNE could turn out to be something special . The loan player , Moao ( sure I got his name wrong ) could be a good requisition,, who knows ? .

  3. I don’t he is very subtle and his best position is whatever his MANAGER asks him to play – he’s been appalling this season and it’s no surprise that he’s moved around to the extent he has as he comes across as a bit of headless chicken.

  4. Lost his hunger and will to play like when he first arrived why??? Looks knackered after 40 or so minutes this season ???

  5. Would love to see Arnoutovic back for the Watford game which will make a massive difference as we all know.And a real statement of intent by Moyes would be to play Hernandez and Hugill as a front pairing after packing the team with defenders recently due to injuries.Sounds obvious but our premiership survival will hinge on having Arnie and Manu back quickly.Antonio is a right off this season and looking far too heavy, which will take a lot of game time to get up to speed and match fitness.

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