This player really does look the business

Michail AntonioI didn’t honestly expect to be particularly impressed by Michail Antonio.

That’s no disrespect to the fella. I knew very little about him but £7 million really isn’t a lot of money these days and Championship arrivals  can’t really be taken too seriously until they have had the chance of a decent PL run.

I understood why Slav had not given him his chance. Things were going really well so why fix it if it ain’t broke. Too many have done that in the past.

It’s far too early to make a judgement but my instincts told me on Saturday afternoon that this lad could be special and my immediate reaction was not to be too unhappy with the Victor Moses injury absence.

The Chelsea player has signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge and is costing £185,000 a game with wages, loan fee apportioned and appearances.

Has he been worth it? Very debatable!

Antonio on the other hand slowly started to excite me far more than Moses as he picked up the speed and eventually received a man of the match award on his debut.

Victor can frustrate with a tendency to overplay. Antonio’s power, pace, some devilishly quick turns and more direct approach was fresh and invigorating.

Ok, there was a naivety in his play and the final ball was lacking but that can probably be put down to lack of match action and I really want to see a lot more of this fella.

He looks the business to me and if he gets back to full match fitness over the next two or three weeks, Moses may find it hard to return.

Yep I really do like Antonio. Looks a real player.

So what do you think? Moses or Antonio?


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17 comments on “This player really does look the business

  1. Well, one thing is for sure – Moses is bound to disappoint – he has PLENTY of previous.

    Although, to be fair, he has been better than I expected.

    However, too soon to be sure of anything with Antonio, but we will see.

  2. Assuming that Antonio keeps his place while Moses is injured, and plays well, I don’t believe he should be dropped as soon as Moses is fit. It has to be a meritocracy where, if you’re doing well, you keep your place, no matter how much the other guy has cost…

  3. I also agree that, based on the 80 odd minutes (which was the first I’d seen of him), he does look very exciting

  4. I have been eager to see Antonio play since we signed him. Up untill now he has only played a couple of times for very brief spells for us so to see him start was great. I agree he looks very promising and when we signed him I viewed all his goals ets in the championship on youtube and yes I know some look down on that division but he looked excellent. I think once he has some regular game time for us in the PL he will be a very usefull member of our squad 🙂

  5. looks like Lanzini will return before Moses, but I still think Antonio should keep his place for at least a couple of games. meritocracy I like that word lol ( something new every day )

  6. It’s a good place to be in with Antonio playing good enough to get the nod to start which puts him in prime position,Enner and Lannzini sitting with Jelavic waiting for there chance,
    Obiang and Callum putting pressure on Noble and Song for there position,
    ( Kouyate looks safe at the moment,
    Oxford ,Jenkinson waiting for there chance with Reid,Payet and Sakho to come back,
    Antonio has a real chance to impress against Swansea and Villa we need a return to our away form from earlier in the season,
    Forgot Moses for the moment but nice to have up your sleeve

  7. Moses hasn’t exactly done badly, but apart from the goal at City, he hasn’t pulled up any trees. I had my concerns when we signed him on loan and wondered if Chelsea had inserted one of there “special” clauses whereby there is extra money to be paid if he is fit and does not play.
    I have wanted to see Antonio play and was suitably impressed. Sure he’s raw, but he worked hard defensively, has better pace than Moses and is stronger on the ball. He is also mad keen to have a go – how many attempts did he have on goal compared to the average Moses 90mins?

  8. Moses is very good technically and very precise in whatever he does, but as everyone here has already noticed, Antonio is all action, explosive, powerful, so he gets the blood pumping. Raw but exciting.
    Swansea, Villa, Southampton. All winable with our current team. We are still in there.

  9. i liked what i seen of him so far and will only get better with more play time very powerfull player as well

  10. I think why are you always pitting our players against each other? Sakho versus Carroll. Moses versus Antonio. Etc. Is there any good reason why they couldn’t play in the same team?

  11. It’s going to be hard to drop him ., even with a few players returning from injury .

  12. been saying Antonio should play for a while now he is quick and needs playing time look at his championship stats, carrolls the one to drop he is way of the pace of the others.

  13. Hopefully the goals will come with match fitness. He looked really good yesterday. Not sure why Jelavic comes off bench 1st..??

  14. With you Marko !!! Good points !!
    The pitting together is called a strong squad competing for places is what bubs is saying lol,
    Unfortunately there’s only 11 allowed on the pitch !!!
    What it says is we have a great squad and the future is looking good , injury,s aside !
    With a top man in charge !!

  15. I thought he was ok – he was a threat and on another day could have scored.

    Moses has been a bit of a disappointment, he’ll do something great and then give the ball away softly – in fact he gives the ball away far to often – you can see why Chelsea have been hawking him around so many Clubs, he can be good but all too often he’s a liability.

    Now we have another alternative that is not just making up the numbers but can be a real threat!

  16. how about trying him at centre forward pace power great turn and fearsome shot . has played there before and scored goals. who would fancy marking him

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