West Ham boss David Moyes told reporters yesterday that he often asks Kevin Nolan to deal with Michail Antonio during training.

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The 31-year-old has been a real asset for the Hammers since Moyes converted him into a centre-forward.

The powerful front-man has pace in abundance and he has terrorised numerous defences this season.

His hamstrings are an obvious issue but hopefully he can put those problems behind him now.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

When Antonio is fully fit and firing on all cylinders there are not many better strikers out there in the Premier League.

David Moyes makes Michail Antonio admission

Michy has had to work on a lot of different things in order to transform into a recognised centre-forward.

 

Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday and suggested that Kevin Nolan has played a key role in Antonio’s development, as quoted via ExWHUemployee’s Patreon page:

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Paul Nevin, Kevin Nolan and David Moyes (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

“We do quite a lot of individual work with Mick. I often give him to Kevin Nolan and leave him with Kevin and they chew the fat and get the ball in the back of the net and ruffle defenders up a little bit and do what they need to do. I quite often do that with Mick. He does need a little bit of specialised work on his development as a centre-forward, but because of his age and hamstrings we try to look after him as best we can.”

Moyes is clearly a very humble person. By saying what he said, the Scot is clearly suggesting that Kevin Nolan should take a lot of the credit for Antonio’s development as a centre-forward.

Nolan has clearly had a huge impact at the London Stadium.

Kev is a hugely popular figure amongst the Hammers fans. He was already somewhat of a cult hero after spending four years playing for West Ham.

And if he continues to impress in a coaching capacity for a few more years, he may well be a future Hammers manager in the making.

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