Why Michail Antonio would have made a huge difference to West Brom's season

The winger thought he was heading to West Bromwich Albion before he swapped Nottingham Forest for West Ham United.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, West Ham United winger Michail Antonio admitted he thought he would sign for West Bromwich Albion rather than the Hammers last summer.

“They (the Baggies) put in a bid and I thought I would end up in Birmingham, but now I’m in London, back home,” the 25-year-old said.

And while West Ham fans will be extremely grateful for that – given his outstanding performances in recent months – West Brom fans would be forgiven for wondering what might have been.

After all, Tony Pulis’s side have struggled for consistency and while they are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone with 12 matches remaining, questions have been asked about the tactics employed at The Hawthorns this season.

One concerning aspect is a lack of goals for West Brom’s strikers, with Salomon Rondon netting six times in 28 appearances, Saido Berahino managing six in 25 games and Rickie Lambert scoring just once in 23 matches.

Antonio’s arrival would not only have given West Brom another goal-scoring option, it would also have allowed more chances for the Baggies’ front-men, with the former Nottingham Forest winger a regular provider of assists.

Hindsight can often be a cruel thing in football and that is certainly the case for those West Brom fans wondering why they did not go harder for Antonio when they had the chance.

One player does not make a team, but the right player can certainly make them a whole lot better.

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