How West Ham can get Michail Antonio back on track

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.

Brave Bilic gets stung at the last


I was not confident before this match. I always hate playing sides like West Bromwich Albion, and managed byTony Pulis the prospect is even less attractive, since regular readers will now my detestation for agricultural and pragmatic football. Furthermore, the pre-match team news confirmed the absence of Carroll. I won’t say “I told you so” but I told you so. This is the problem with this player and our reliance on him; he is far too prone to injury and was always going to break down sooner rather than later.

Looking at our line-up before the match, the midfield looked solid but it was up front that the question marks remained and I have to confess I anticipated a match with very few goals. Under 2.5 looked a good bet. Right, well don’t be asking me for any betting tips anytime soon!

Congrats Big Fella – AC wins ‘Goal of the Month’ award

Personally, despite seeing it at least 50 times, I’m still not tired of watching Andy Carroll’s overhead kick. Superb technique and something I’ve seen quite a bit of him doing on the training videos that the club put on the official site. So it’s a MASSIVE congrats to ‘Wor Andy’ for winning the goal of the month award from C&Bs.

Don’t want to overdo it so, until tomorrow’s pre-match post, that is all 🙂