West Ham: Millwall starlet linked; Antonio's new celebration; fan meeting called
Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo, linked with a £2 million move to the London Stadium, has spoken out to deny rumours linking him to the Hammers. He told Millwall fan site News at Den
I don’t make up the rumours, you wake up one day and you see it and think, ‘Where’s that come from, who’s made that up?’ I just laugh it off really. I’ve never been one to be easily strayed with things like that. I’m focussed on being a Millwall player and I’m enjoying my time here.
The 20-year-old right-back has enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking into the Lions first team last season under Neil Harris, and it is no surprise that a Premier League club is sniffing around. Right-back continues to be a problem area for the Irons and Romeo could well be the long term solution that the club are looking for, though now may be too soon for such a move with less than a full season of first team football under his belt.
One man initially considered for the right-back role was sensation Michail Antonio, who struggled against Eden Hazard in the role and has now returned to the wing, where he has excelled with an impressive goal return which has seen him become one of the Premier League’s top scorers in the early stages, alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero.
Antonio, called up to the England squad for the first time this month, is well known for his outlandish celebrations, and has now been challenged to a new one.
Fan Evan Jones challenged the former Colchester winger to perform a celebration he had created, known as the ‘Hammer Haka’ when he next scores, to which Antonio said he would if the tweet got 2,000 retweets, as it duly did within hours of his tweet. Now, Antonio looks set to fulfill his promise and perform the bizarre dance when he next finds the net, with Irons fans hopeful that it will come up against West Brom at the Hawthorns this weekend.
On a more serious note, the club has also called a meeting of fans with those who have contacted the club and ‘fan representatives’ present, claim Sky Sports. Board members will also be present in order to discuss the issues which have seen problems with crowd behaviour, seeing violence in the stands at the London Stadium, and other issues which have made life difficult for West Ham and their fans as they begin life in their new home.
In the opening fixtures some fans complained of there not even being seats in their allocated season ticket seats, whilst others have complained regarding travel arrangements, and the high profile issue of poor stewarding seems no closer to a solution given the police’s inability to provide a substantial match day present due to the lack of a radio system in the ground. It is hoped that talks will ease tensions between fans who feel that they have been taken advantage of by the board in the high profile stadium move, and furthermore allowing the on-field action to take centre stage, where questions remain about the best way for The Hammers to move forward.
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