Mikey Antonio may have a Hammers future


Mikey Antonio may have a Hammers future based on a stat which will shock a few who believe he is now a spent force. With Jarrod Bowen now adopting to the central role and Mohammed Kudus producing some great work on the wing or centrally himself Mikey – bought for a humble £7.5 million looks to have had his day at the club.

Indeed insiders have told Claret and Hugh that the 33 year would be unlikely to win the place back over Bowen suggesting that he is now No 2 striker at the club who could even ne sold in the winter if we get a new No 9 – a situation being worked on by David Sullivan and Tim Steinten at the moment.

I have always been a huge admirer of Antonio who has been a loyal servant since Slave Bilic signed him back in 2015 and despite his poor form so far this season I always tend to believe he has the capacity to explode. He has received much criticism for poor touch and, of course, the shortage of goals so far this term. But a new stat has emerged which demonstrates that his dribbling has put him at the top of all contenders in the Premier League.


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Football statisticians The Other 14 have produced a table showing Mikey has attempted 26 dribbles in the Premier League so far this term and 17 of them were successful.

That gives Antonio a dribble success rate of 65.4% – edging him ahead of Hammers teammate Lucas Paqueta (34/22 – 64.7%).

Is there as Hammers future for him – based on those figures, quite possibly!


About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon