David Moyes has issued a worrying update on the condition of West Ham United centre-forward Michail Antonio.
What was said?
In recent comments quoted by The Guardian, the West Ham manager revealed he fears the 31-year-old’s involvement with the Jamaican national team – for whom the striker played three games in seven days during the Premier League winter break – cannot prove detrimental to his own team, as the striker is currently the Hammers’ only recognized centre-forward.
Speaking about Antonio’s international commitments, the 58-year-old said: “He’s been out a few times now and I’ve had concerns about that, yes, because it’s new for him. It’s not not something he’s been doing since he was 21 or 22 or something. Obviously it’s a long trip if you go to Jamaica… it’s a long trip to play the games.
Do you blame Moyes for not signing a new striker?
The fans will boil
Considering that Moyes had all 31 days of January to bring a new centre-forward to the London Stadium, the fact that the Irons boss is already complaining about Antonio’s involvement with Jamaica is sure to have left Hammers fans boiling at 58. -old.
Indeed, the fact that the 31-year-old striker has to travel considerable distances to play for his international side is unfortunate, however, if Moyes managed to secure a deal down the line for a new striker anytime in January. transfer window, rather than seeing a flurry of late offers fail or simply be rejected out of hand, it would have considerably eased the burden placed on Antonio’s shoulders in the second half of the season.
The £10.8m-rated striker’s situation with Jamaica is something the Scot was fully aware of during the winter market, and it’s something the former Manchester United manager would have could easily address and resolve by being much more organized and efficient with his January. relationships.
As such, if Moyes was looking for someone to blame for Antonio’s fatigue, he shouldn’t be criticizing the World Cup qualifying schedule, but rather take a long look at himself in the mirror.
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