Bilic: This attacking player may have to make sacrifice for team
By Tom Blackburn
West Ham could paly Michail Antonio at right-back again, according to Slaven Bilic.
Antonio was the hero on Sunday as he scored the winner against Bournemouth in what was West Ham’s first Premier League goal at the London Stadium.
He started as a winger, but boss Bilic says the team is more important than individual performances and that Antonio could have to cover other positions.
“You want your players to be as comfortable as possible” Bilic said, via the Mirror. “But what the team requires is more important.
“Rule number one if you want to stand any chance is you have to be humble and sacrifice for the team, like he [Antonio] did last year.
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“I have told him it will be mixed. He’s going to play where the team needs him.”
The 26-year-old wrote his name in the Hammers’ history book when he headed home a cross from new signing Gokhan Tore late on to give the Hammers their first three points of the season.
Antonio’s goal, which sent home fans into raptures in the 84th-minute, came after the Englishman was criticised following his poor performance against Chelsea.
Playing at right-back, Antonio gave the ball away before conceding a penalty as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners.
Last season he was forced to cover as right-back after the injury of Aaron Cresswell. Sam Byram played in that position in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth.
In other West Ham news, the chairman has announced this key duo is close to return from injury