Michail Antonio admits frustration with West Ham form
Michail Antonio has conceded that his lack of goalscoring form for West Ham has been a big cause of personal frustration.
The forward last netted in the FA Cup defeat against Southampton at the start of March and it’s no coincidence the Irons results have also dipped in that period, losing three of the last five in the league albeit against strong opposition.
Despite these concerns the 32-year-old told the press that his main concern is that of the team as a whole, with the belief that he is still managing to contribute effectively irrespective of his barren run in front of goal.
“I’m disappointed I’ve not scored for quite a while, but football is not about you personally: it’s about being a team player,” said Antonio, as quoted on West Ham’s official website on Wednesday [13 April].
“That’s one thing I definitely believe I am doing: bringing players in and assisting goals, so as much as I’m not scoring them, I feel that I am helping out anyway.”
It’s been a frustrating period for player and club alike as West Ham’s inability to sign a suitable replacement for Sebastien Haller has come back to bite them.
The Ivory Coast international departed in January 2021 yet Antonio remains the club’s only real out and out senior striker, with even that being questionable given the various roles he has played in since his arrival in 2015.
Antonio has performed admirably over the course of the season but it was always going to be high risk relying on him to take the sole responsibility of leading the line for the entire year, and so it has proved as the campaign has progressed.
The Jamaican will almost certainly start the key second leg tie against Lyon in France and everyone connected with West Ham, least of all the player himself, will hope he can play a big part in ensuring the Hammers’ progression in the tournament.
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