Three ways West Ham boss Moyes could replace injured Antonio against Leicester City
Sam PrestonApril 9, 2021
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West Ham could be without Michael Antonio for the remainder of the Premier League season.
protector Reports say the former Nottingham Forest man’s hamstring injury is more serious than initially feared.
Despite an extensive search, West Ham failed to sign a striker in January, meaning there is no obvious natural replacement for Antonio.
Here are three things David Moyes can do to close the gap with Leicester City on Sunday afternoon:
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Deploying Lingard as a false nine could be something Moyes would do.
The Englishman could come in handy in front of three attacking midfielders and swap places with them.
That could create problems for the Foxes’ backline, with no focal point to mark when trying to deal with West Ham’s mercurial moves.
When West Ham signed Lingard in January but failed to sign a striker, Moyes must have had in mind that at some stage he would need to use him up front.
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Bowen played as a centre-forward early in his career at Hull City.
The approach is similar to Lingard leading the way, with the midfielders connecting with each other.
Bowen has two goals in his last two games and is returning to his best form after a lull.
The biggest benefit of this is keeping Lingard in midfield, where he has absolutely shined in recent months.
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Moyes’ only other option is to bring in a young player – the most likely candidate being Admippo Odubeko.
He played Odubeko at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, but when his team needed a goal, he drew him in because he was so incompetent.
The youngster didn’t look ready that night and it would be a huge ask if he spearheads West Ham’s Champions League run in the next few weeks.
Andriy Yarmolenko will return from injury soon, adding another option, although his lack of mobility will be a drawback.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.
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