For the majority of the 2019/20 season, West Ham United have been in a dire situation with the club battling relegation. With the team struggling for points and goals, Michail Antonio has been absolutely crucial for his side scoring 8 goals and assisting in a further three.
The 30-year-old has only got one year left on his current deal and with West Ham’s limited forward options, the club simply cannot afford to let him leave. Antonio has been a great servant to West Ham since signing from Nottingham Forest for £7 million in 2015. In those five years he has made 151 appearances and scored 36 goals for the club.
Throughout the current campaign, Antonio has been a massive threat in West Ham’s goal shy side despite missing several games due to injury. When fit Antonio bullies’ defences with his constant work rate, pace and strength. A recent example of this was West Ham’s 4-0 demolition of Norwich City, in which Antonio scored all four goals. Norwich simply couldn’t handle him.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 11, 2020
While Antonio has got most of his goals since the restart as a lone Striker, the former Forest forward has starred in many different roles throughout the season. Antonio’s versatility has been a godsend throughout his spell at the club having played on both Wings, as the lone Striker, even at Right Back. Most importantly, this season he has played as Sebastien Haller’s strike partner.
Haller has looked lost at times while playing the lone striker role, being more suited to playing with a partner like his time at Frankfurt. When Haller and Antonio have played up top together, they have both put in class performances and either scored or assisted. Antonio is key to bringing out the best in Haller.
Antonio’s importance to the club either as a lone striker or as part of a front two is obvious and it should be one of David Moyes’ priorities should the Hammers avoid the drop this season. Antonio has recently come out and said that he wants to end his career at the East London club which will come as a relief to the fans and the club’s hierarchy. West Ham have an option to extend Antonio’s stay for a further two years once his current deal ends.
Michail Antonio is keen to finish his career at West Ham after entering the final year of his contract at the London Stadium.
The striker is determined to sign a new West Ham deal and see out the rest of his career at the club.
— West Ham Gossip (@westham_gossip) July 7, 2020
However, this hasn’t stopped there being speculation around Antonio’s future with Wolves and Crystal Palace said to be interested in the versatile forward, with the latter reportedly having a £30 million bid for the player rejected last summer.
Michail Antonio, who has one year left on his contract, is yet to discuss terms with West Ham until their Premier League status is confirmed.
Wolves held an interest in the forward in ‘recent seasons’ and could move for Antonio if West Ham were to go down. [source: The Athletic] pic.twitter.com/K4Rx3yCDpN
— Talking Wolves (@TalkingWolves) July 7, 2020
If West Ham are to improve next season and work their way back up the table they will need to tie Antonio down and trigger that option for extra two years or face the wrath of the fans.
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