You enjoyed Michail Antonio’s Valentine’s Day video, no doubt. In case you missed his Umbro ad, featuring a neat orange tie, some of his famous goal celebrations and a lovely pair of … football boots, here it is.
But do you think West Ham are seeing his best form, and is his role up front proving as disastrous as his spell at right back?
West Ham will only get the best from him when he’s playing in front of the right-back (when we are able to play one), helping to make the midfield more solid and storming through to support the strikers (again, when we are able to play one) from deeper positions – arriving late on the scene and making it harder for defenders to pick him up.
Up front he looks lost and without a clearly defined role. He’s at his best with the ball at his feet and when running at defenders, or storming on after a through ball – not when he’s already the furthest player forward.
I love him for his wholehearted effort and he’s a genuine player, but I fear a loss of form through no fault of his own.
Sofiane Feghouli’s disallowed goal at home to West Bromwich Albion was due to Antonio’s positioning and interference with Ben Foster, and he came perilously close to having Feghouli’s legitimate goal being disallowed due to his close proximity to the action in an offside position.
Admittedly, if it hadn’t been for a foul in the six-yard box that went unpenalised he would have had a goal, but let’s get him back in his best position where he can once again cause chaos and uncertainty to the opposition.