Joe Cole raved about Michail Antonio, when speaking during BT Sport’s coverage of West Ham vs Burnley last night (Wednesday July 8th, 17:48).
The 30-year-old Hammers ace has been in great form since Premier League football resumed last month.
Although he did look incredibly tired during last night’s clash with Burnley. And despite his obvious importance to the team, David Moyes must surely be considering resting him against Norwich City on Saturday.
Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2017 for around £7 million (BBC).
Key man for Moyes
And the powerful front-man has been a great servant for the east London outfit. He is undoubtedly a hugely important player for David Moyes.
The 30-year-old has racked up 32 goals and 22 assists in 150 games for the Hammers (Transfermarkt).
But it’s not all about the stats. Antonio’s work-rate and all-around contribution is one of the most impressive things about his game.
And Joe Cole offered high words of praise for the Wandsworth born attacker, when speaking to BT Sport last night:
“This guy here (Antonio), he has been fantastic. He leads the line and he’s a nuisance. He’s getting into the the box and behaving like a striker. And he’s been playing the role perfectly. He has the ability to occupy a back two or three because of his physicality. I’m sure the club will be looking to tie him down to a new long-term deal.”
West Ham are in real danger of being relegated this season. And with just four games left, Antonio will have a huge role to play for the Hammers.
As mentioned earlier, however, the 30-year-old surely needs a rest this weekend. He has experienced problems with his hamstrings in the past. And losing him for the run-in would be a total disaster.
Let’s just hope that Moyes is aware of that. Because a fully fit and firing Antonio against Watford, Manchester United and Aston Villa could make all the difference for the east London outfit.