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Antonio’s No 1 striker days look to be at an end

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Quite apart from a brilliant win I hope David Moyes learned another important lesson on Wednesday evening.

For it seemed to me that we may have seen the last of Mikey Antonio asĀ  the number one striker at the club following the fabulous performances of Mohamed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen.

It’s very likely the manager has indeed realised what many of us surely saw, that these two bring a new dimension to the team with Kudus looking a very special player.

Moyes has been saying for a couple of weeks that he has been tempted to start the Ghana international and has now done so at Euro and domestic Cup level.

The time has come for him to become a first team regular at Premier League level as beyond his obvious on the ball abilities he has the power to change games and become a key figure should we want to press rather than counter attack.

If he can do it against the likes of Arsenal then we can be pretty sure he can do it against all other Premier League outfits.

The fella was heavily hyped up on his arrival at the club and it is becoming clear that Mikey’s PL start days are coming to an end as a result.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Buster says:

    You make a good point, but I don’t think Antonio will be left out in the cold…… Squad rotation in the forward positions can be more effective. It will be Ings who is most likely to be moved out in January leaving a place on the bench for Mubama.

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