The last few weeks have seen Crystal Palace heavily linked with a move for West Ham attacker Michail Antonio and whilst no formal offer is believed to have been lodged yet, it seems as though plenty of Hammers fans are already fretting about losing him.
Whilst injuries wreaked havoc with the former Nottingham Forest man’s appearance record in the 2017/18 campaign, there is no doubt that he is an extremely useful asset to the side when fit and firing on all cylinders, prompting many London Stadium regulars to publicly question why the club are even considering letting him go.
At his best when given free reign to attack, there is no doubt that Palace fans would be excited by Michail’s arrival at Selhurst Park but with plenty of news outlets suggesting that he would be acting as a direct replacement for Andros Townsend who is still wanted to Newcastle, vast swathes of the Eagles faithful remain unconvinced about the upside of a potential deal.
Known well by Palace’s Technical Director Dougie Freedman, Antonio began his career with Tooting & Mitcham in 2007 before stints with the likes of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, where he played under Freedman. After an initial struggle to keep hold of him, Forest eventually relented and sold Michail to West Ham for a fee of around £7 million in the summer of 2015, where he has remained ever since.
Despite Irons fans clearly being keen to keep hold of him, it looks as though Pellegrini is happy to sanction his sale at the right price, leaving us to look on and see whether or not Palace have the sort of funds necessary to sign Antonio without having to part with other first-team assets first.
In essence, I’m of the same mind as the majority in that I’d love to see the 28-year-old playing in red and blue next season but not at the expense of Andros Townsend.
If there’s any further movement, I’ll be sure to let you know.