WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
24%
  
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
19%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham
3%
  



camel-with-3-humps 12:12 Mon Oct 23
Antonio: can we do any better?
Let's be honest, he's poor frequently nowadays. So many attacks break down on his clumsy play.

Questions:
Should he stay in the team?
If not, what are the options?

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Huffers 10:04 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
If its not a tap in / header from a set-piece then or a turn and shoot in open play, then its not a goal. Except against Fulham last season where him falling over made 3 of them fall over.

He has always been a dreadful footballer.

Maguire manages him best out of all the centre halves. Just let him have the ball and run. Goal kick.

Sir Alf 9:44 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Won’t ever have a bad word for Antonio, great servant and some memorable moments and despite technical limitations worked his way up from non league to make a good career at the top level of the game.

This is a season too far. Not his fault but he needs to accept a place on the bench or impact sub role preferably in a wide role.

One of Moyes biggest mistakes or oversight or incompetence has been his lack of understanding and know how relating to the attacking side of the game and what makes a good attacker. Combine that with an owner who has bought 50 failed forwards and it’s no wonder we have a mess

Nick QQQ 9:06 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
At his best he was always streaky, yet he has never, ever had competition because Moyes only has one way of playing.
It's actually ridiculous that he remains number 1 this year when his legs have gone and pace and strength were his only attributes

scott_d 8:28 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
twoleftfeet

Most of us would give them a go but no ducking way Moyes will give either of them a proper chance, never going to happen.

Mubama (as said below) rumoured to have unsurprisingly rejected a contract offer.

Say what you want about Ngakia, Ashby, Perkins and what you think their potential is, the fact is we tried to keep them all and none of them wanted to stay.

That defeats the object of having a youth set up if they are going to be allowed to progress into the first team.

lowlife 12:52 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
He was excellent in his first few seasons at Upton Park - used to love watching him. A threat in the air, pace that most defenders couldn’t match and just seemed quite humble and honoured to be playing for us.

It all started going downhill with that ridiculous accident whilst he dressed up as a snowman. Got him a lot more attention and he started believing his own hype a bit too much.

A shadow of the player he once was. He never had technique or much of a footballing brain (I’ve still not forgotten the 2 basic errors in two separate games vs. Palace), but at least he would cause havoc and create one or two things a game with his pace and strength. That’s nearly all gone now, and we just get to see him giving the ball away more often than not or just falling over at the slightest touch.

North Bank 12:33 Tue Oct 31
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Antonio has been superb for us over the years but he's a shadow of the player he was, he's lost that burst of acceleration and his clumsiness is now becoming more prevalent and farcical.

The fact that the idiot in charge thought we could get by this season with Antonio & Ings leading the line is a fucking joke.

Mad Dog 7:37 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Just read on a Finnish west ham page that mubama has rejected a new contract.

Probably fecked off watching ings and.antonio stink up the place whilst getting 0 minutes

Far Cough 11:07 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
twoleftfeet, indeed:

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twoleftfeet 10:36 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Time to start using Marshall or Mubama.

Moyes often boasts about him being the one to give Rooney his debut at 16 but his record with blooding youngsters is pretty poor with us.

lowlife 10:09 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
I've been critical of him recently, and maybe that is just an expression of how bad the team has been for a while. That being said, he's too old to make the impact he used to, often falls over at the slightest touch and is on a completely different wave length to his team mates. I'd have a lot more time for him if he didn't do those stupid podcasts and have in jokes with opposing team players about what goal celebration he'll do if he scores.

In other news, I see that Lingard's move to SA has fallen through. I fully expect to see Moyes chasing him again.

dealcanvey 9:41 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Let’s be honest. We create very little for him. Feeds off scraps a majority of the time. But in those moments me do give him something to feed off, if he has more than one second to think about it, he panics and fucks it.

GBHammer63 8:44 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Antonio doesn’t walk into any other premier team, he’s won the fucking lottery with Moyes.

dealcanvey 8:30 Mon Oct 30
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Can’t play with him. Can’t play without him.

Paqueta up front yesterday after his withdrawal was a new one.

Nobody 9:51 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Antonio: can we do any better?

Nobody is the answer...

scott_d 7:58 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
I wouldn't sign Traore, nor do I think he's any good.

Just making a point.

We should be able to do better than both.

scott_d 7:57 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Chill out Manuel, there's allot more hate in your post than in mine.

scott_d 7:55 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
I am saying, quite confidentally, that Adama Traore would have been better for us up front on Sunday than Antonio who did absolutely fuck all.

It is an indictmant to what Antonio has become.

Because, to be fair, most professional strikers could have performed at least to the level that Antonio did

collyrob 7:54 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
There’s not much difference between Adama and Antonio. Certainly not enough to start attacking posters

Manuel 7:47 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Scott_d - What a fucking embarrassment you are, never read such bollocks. You need to fuck off with your hate.

Pagey 3:27 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Are you seriously saying that Adama Traore is better than Antonio? Do you even realise what Antonio has given us over the years? Like it or not, he’s been the consistent up front during arguably our most successful period in recent history. You can’t do that with someone ‘shit’ up front. Antonio has never been the greatest striker in the world, but the disrespect on here is truly unbelievable.

Adama fucking Traore!

scott_d 3:01 Wed Oct 25
Re: Antonio: can we do any better?
Sorry, Fulham snapped him up!

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