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Antonio update as bare bones start to show

Sadly a few chickens came home to roost last night and  those who have consistently argued that we needed a back-up striker may be proved right over the second half of the season.

However, it’s too early to start a panic-up on that front as we understand Mikey Antonio is 99 per cent certain to be available for the Sheffield United on Monday.

We also have Jesse Lingard ready to return after being forced to miss last night’s FA Cup tie which sadly proved a game too far in the present circumstances.

With Oggy possibly out for a period and Diop struggling  after a clash of heads we may be relying on the outstanding Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena at the back. Bare bones indeed.

Sadly we have become used to Yarmolenko injuries and for me he looks likely to become a cheap outward sale in the summer given his level of performance.

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Having said that, and even in light of the Ukranian’s poor performance, I’m glad we kept Mikey back last night with the Hammers having little chance to attack United and looking largely second best in  midfield.

Benrahma is another option for the No 30 and is clearly a guy capable of making things happen as he continues to show what he’s got.

However, there may well be a case for looking at the out of contract striker market!

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5 comments on “Antonio update as bare bones start to show

  1. Yes we are bare bones both back and front with injuries. However, the telling comment here Hugh is that we were overrun in midfield. We surrendered that to defend and stay in it. We then rushed it forward in transition and didn’t keep the ball – no measured build up. In those circumstances, sticking a young boy up front on his own was always a no win. DM tried to get a striker but failed, so we must adapt. But who would we have got to lump it forward to? Vardy!!? It’s about how we set up to play, not a miracle striker, I would argue.

  2. I think that we did much better after going to 3 at the back – and kept the ball a lot better – teh shape helped and both Ben Johnson and Fredericks did well

    So may be go to 3 – 4 – 3 again with the top 3 being from Bowen, Antonio, Benrhama, Lingaard, Fornals, Lanzini – pace and movement rather than high balls to the target man

  3. I thought we were poor in possession all night, I wasn’t overly disappointed to go out although would rather have lost 1 – 0 in 90 minutes. Ben Johnson had a good name, I think we should use Fredericks bases on current form instead of Bowen who has lost his, Fredericks also gives us raw pace which we are lacking in the forward positions, Benrahma is clearly a better option than Fornals at this moment in time also. Think we should possibly stick with 3 at the back against the big teams, we don’t look like beating them so if we can get a few draws all good, worked at the start of the season very well, lets hope Arthur is fit soon 😉

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