Michail Antonio has received a mixed response from supporters after he claimed which positions he believes West Ham United need to strengthen in.
The 27-year-old, who has played in defence, midfield and up front this season, is looking ahead to the new campaign as he will miss the remainder of the current one with a hamstring injury.
The Hammers have failed to build on last season’s seventh-placed finish at the new London Stadium as they currently reside 14th after winning just 10 of their 34 Premier League games.
Despite that, Antonio believes that the team are a few players shy of challenging for European places.
In an interview with ESPN, the versatile player claimed that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic needs a right-back, a central defender and two strikers in order to move up the table.
After Twitter page ‘West Ham News’ posted the quotes, some fans agreed with Antonio’s assessment, while others were confused that he was acting as a mouthpiece for the club’s transfer strategy.
Antonio: "We need to sign a a right-back, a centre-half & two strikers. If we can do that, we will be up there for European places." pic.twitter.com/pYWMf9sKJY
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) April 24, 2017
@WHUFC_News Seems to talk more sense than the manager/owners
— Billy. (@billy_ray_91) April 24, 2017
@WHUFC_News Why is a player saying what we need? Wonder what all the CB's at the club make of Antonio's comments saying we need a new CB? ????????
— MR ⚒ (@WHU_MR2013) April 24, 2017
— ⚒ DAVE G ⚒ #BradyOut (@goodyhammer1) April 25, 2017
@WHUFC_News Lol, that's 40% of the team! I can't disagree, but these are the players we needed last season as well.
— Chris Sheppard (@chris_whu62) April 25, 2017
@WHUFC_News He should keep shut up not his place to say that, he's the one moaning for more money and rejecting contracts.
— West Ham Project (@WestHamFan20) April 24, 2017
@WHUFC_News We have needed them for the last 3 seasons , what makes next season so special ????
— Daniel wood (@danielchriswood) April 25, 2017
@WHUFC_News Please take note Gold , Sullivan & Brady
— XxjayarexX (@XxjayarexX) April 25, 2017
— theboleyn (@theboleyn) April 24, 2017