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Mikey Antonio needs to reconsider

Mikey Antonio’s torn ligament injury should surely start having the 31 year old considering his decision to join Jamaica as he looks to launch an international career.

The 31 year old decided on the move after being all but ignored by England but it may well be a bad move considering his regular injury positions.

The truth is that the Hammers striker is probably now a 20 games a season performer and needs to rest the hamstrings as much as problem.

An international career – however limited – can only make his position more vulnerable with the Irons.

His current and past problems will also affect any new contract the club will make which presumably will be based on appearances along with a small upgrade on his basic.

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The club will actively be pursuing s striker options in the summer with names such as Tammy Abraham and Adam Armstrong reportedly in the David Moyes frame.

Mikey’s delicate injury situation could even see the club attempting to sign a couple with one PERHAPS  being on loan.

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8 comments on “Mikey Antonio needs to reconsider

  1. Totally agree Hugh, this is a big moment for Mikey. His hammies are vulnerable, in spite of the care being taken. At 31, that won’t improve, and he should look to playing fewer games per season as you pointed out. This current injury has really made him a number two striker to a yet to be named number one. It is clearly a reboot moment.

  2. From a WHU point of view I can understand not wanting Mikey to play for Jamaica – however from his point of view there is only one chance of an international appearance and I can understand him wanting to take it

  3. Antonio should forget about playing international football. His hamstrings cannot cope with a Premier League season, let alone additional games and flying all over the place. He needs to remember who pays his wages!

  4. Haven’t seen anything in Armstrong that leads to think he is PL quality, Ollie Watkins he isn’t, would rather see us get Abraham if he is available and someone like Toney from Brentford. If we sell Rice to Utd hopefully we get McTominay and Lingard plus a huge chunk of cash to reinvest. The way Rice profile is will be very hard to see us not receive offers, especially if he does well as n the Euro’s.

  5. We should forget the notion of Antonio being a main stream striker. He went out at 100 % for probably the first game since his comeback and bang , hamstring failure again.
    Not only should he forget an international career, but he should be written off as a regular team member, certainly as a striker.
    Yes, he has given us some great moments and goals but reality must set in, we don’t need a player to compliment him, but two fit forwards instead !

  6. Massively disappointing season from Antonio. Just 7 goals a season from your main striker is not acceptable whatever the underlying reasons are. His injury record for the past 3 or 4 years has been poor and he can’t be relied upon to make a major contribution. We need 2 new strikers with Antonio as backup. His new contract should reflect his contribution.

  7. Dont forget Mikey can fill in as a winger midfielder or even at right back. His goals kept us up last year and he clearly loves life at the L.S was he so injury prone playing right wing I cannot rememember ?

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