West Ham must sell Michail Antonio to a European club after Liverpool display

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio struggled to make an impact in his side’s 4-0 opening day Premier League defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, and Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini must be ruthless and do everything to sell him to a European club before August 31.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the east London outfit were reportedly ready to sell the 5ft 11in tall attacker for a fee of £15m or more amid interest from top flight rivals Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window, which closed three days prior to their first match of the 2018/19 campaign against Jurgen Klopp’s men, but a deal failed to materialise.

The 28-year-old made the starting XI ahead of Andriy Yarmolenko and Robert Snodgrass, but he failed to make much of an impact or replicate the form and type of desire he did when he shone for them during the 2016/17 campaign.

Given they have the aforementioned duo, Felipe Anderson, Lucas Perez and Xande Silva, there is now plenty of competition for places in attacking areas.

Why should Pellegrini get rid of Antonio?

The wide man suggested that he may not be completely committed to the cause against Liverpool after a move to Palace failed to materialise previously, and with previous boss David Moyes admitting he had issues with the 28-year-old previously, now is the time to try and move him on.

While the English transfer window is shut, those in France, Germany, Italy and Spain are still very much open, and the Chilean boss must do everything he can to try and move the player on to a club in one of those countries before the majority of their respective windows close on August 31, in order to improve the morale in the Hammers squad and ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction to avoid the mistakes they have made previously.