Antonio: This is who West Ham need to sign to qualify for Europe
By Danny Wright
Michail Antonio believes that West Ham need to sign a host of players to give them a chance of qualifying for Europe next season, including two new strikers.
The Hammers are currently struggling to finish in the top-half of the Premier League and at one point looked like they might have to start worrying about relegation.
However they remain an ambitious club and want to see themselves become a regular of European competition.
Antonio has been in decent form despite his club’s woes but has had his season cut short by a hamstring injury.
The 27-year-old wants to see the London club make four specific signings in what have already been identified as problem-areas by the fans.
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“We need to sign a couple of players – a right-back, one more centre-half, two strikers – and get more goals. If we can do that, we will be up there for European places,” said Antonio to ESPN.
Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are the only traditional first-team strikers at the London Stadium but have had their season marred by injury.
Antonio’s claim that a new right-back is needed is also justified as Sam Byram and Alvaro Arbeloa have also endured their injury woes.
Antonio has been one of West ham’s star performers this season, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists in 37 appearances.
He has played in a variety of positions due to the club’s injury-hit campaign, including striker, right-back and left-wing.
West Ham’s time in the Europa League this season was short-lived after a qualification round defeat to Astra Giurgiu in August.
They finished seventh in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign to qualify for the competition.
In other West Ham news, a La Liga club is plotting a £3million swoop for this Hammers outcast.