With three games in the space of a week, West Ham boss David Moyes has some tough decisions to make as he aims for top spot in Group H.
The Irons have already advanced to the knockout stages of the Europa League, but they can seal first place with a win over Rapid Wien of Austria tonight, leaving you with a dilemma in terms of team selection.
There’s the little test of defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday before finally returning to London Stadium to host Brighton and Hove Albion next Wednesday.
Are you worried about Antonio’s current form?
Moyes will also be looking for a reaction after a seven-game lossless streak ended abruptly last weekend, when the Hammers were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers in a completely monotonous affair.
West Ham’s talisman Michail Antonio continued his fight in front of goal, but also looked quite fatigued, having traveled back from Jamaica in the middle of the week.
Now it’s a nine-game goal in all competitions from the 31-year-old, a disappointing return considering he started the season on fire with six goals and four assists in just seven appearances, according to Transfer market.
In fact, the £ 10.8 million Irons frontman “looked blown away” full time, according to The Athletic Roshane thomas, and that’s not a surprise given how many minutes he has played this season (1,368), compared to last season (530).
Antonio, who is there £ 70k per week, is very important to the Hammers’ success and they will need to be fully fit and shooting if they want to have a chance of a result against Pep Guardiola’s team, especially after they defeated Paris Saint-Germain this week.
Only Jarrod Bowen (7.35) and Declan Rice (7.39) have achieved a better average Who scored Rating than the 31-year-old (7.29) from this campaign, although no one annotated more goals than him last season.
Nicknamed a “complete monster” and an “absolute revelation” by Daily Star journalist Paul Brown for GIVEMESPORTAntonio is clearly a vital part of Moyes’ preparation in East London at the moment, but his poor injury record is concerning, so he should be rested for this trip.
It would be a ruthless decision to top the line, but necessary for the good of the season. Moyes must fire Antonio from his starting eleven in Austria tonight.