Should West Brom revive interest in Michail Antonio, with West Ham future in doubt?

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West Brom looked at West Ham’s Antonio when he was still with Nottingham Forest.

The Guardian reported in the summer that West Brom were making offers from Michail Antonio, then of Nottingham Forest, but they lost out on him to Premier League rivals West Ham.

The impressive winger made the switch to the Hammers on deadline day, as they finalised some strong transfer business, but due to the form of the other players ahead of him, Antonio’s playing time has been limited.

The 25-year-old has managed just 30 minutes of Premier League action, and there have been doubts about his short-term future at the Boleyn Ground, with some suggestions that he could be heading away on loan in January.

With his services potentially available, the Baggies should revive their interest in Antonio in the January window, and try to sign him on loan.

Although Tony Pulis has utilised his classic 4-4-2 system with wingers a big focus, few of the players he has for the wide positions have consistently impressed this term.

James McClean has arguably been the best of all the wingers, but Callum McManaman has struggled, and someone like Craig Gardner is not an attacking player.

Antonio would provide a much more direct threat in the wide positions, and he proved in the Championship that he offers both goals and assists on a consistent basis.

West Ham would benefit as Antonio would be getting first-team football in the Premier League, allowing him to play whilst he cannot get in the Hammers’ starting XI, whilst the Baggies would benefit from possessing a winger who fits perfectly into Pulis’ game plan.

Pulis needs to bring in more attacking and creative players in January, and moving to sign Antonio on loan should be the first port of call for the West Brom boss in the coming months.

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