Moyes must find Antonio alternative


Antonio alternative by Gonzo

I’m unconcerned with Michail Antonio’s verbal outburst ahead of the Premier League clash against Liverpool. There are many blaming the defeat (and Liverpool’s motivation) on the forwards pre-match goading.

It’s a suggestion which does Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp a disservice. They are a highly motivated and energetic team, who don’t need to listen to Callum Wilson’s and Antonio’s podcast in order to gain impetus before a match.

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Antonio alternative could be found in the shape of Divin Mubama

What I am concerned with however, is Antonio’s inability to win a single header during the match. He was bullied and battered by Liverpool’s defenders, and failed to threaten Alison’s goal. This is despite being served a glorious chance on a silver platter by the most unlikely of sources . . . Tomas Soucek.

In short, Antonio was ineffective and David Moyes must find a backup plan.

So step forward Divin Mubama who surely deserves a chance to lead the line against Lincoln City. The League Cup clash gives Moyes the perfect opportunity to see if the youngster has what it takes.

Ings is the wrong alternative

I suspect the Hammers manager will select Danny Ings for the game though. The former Villa striker is clearly ill equipped to play in the way David Moyes requires his forwards to operate. There is a very good reason why Marco Arnautovic and Antonio have thrived under Moyes. It’s precisely the same reason why penalty box predators such as Sebastien Haller and Chicharito have failed.

Moyes requires a fast, workhorse who can operate wide and outmuscle as well as outpace his marker. Put bluntly, Mubama is suited to the job and Ings isn’t.

Were Antonio to sustain a serious injury, Danny Ings couldn’t lead the line for the remainder of the season. So perhaps it’s time we found out if someone else can.

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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Very well said Gonzo we need a thrusting centre forward to fit Moyes’ one up policy and Divin needs his chance. He won’t be instantly ready he needs developing with appearances, Moyes needs to be more three dimensional with his subbing. Ings will only be effective when brought on as an additional striker, that’s his forte. January is a while away, bring Divin on

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