Michail Antonio was named in Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week feature on the BBC website.
Antonio inspired West Ham to a 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday evening. The powerful forward caused all sorts of problems for the Southampton defence and played a major role in the build-up to Sebastien Haller’s goal.
He also thought he had made it 2-0 in the second half when he burst through a challenge and slotted into the corner. This was ruled out by VAR for hitting his hand at one point but this was a harsh call.
Michail Antonio is a dying breed
Crooks loved Antonio’s “fabulous” performance and commended him for his dedication. The 29-year-old has changed West Ham since returning to the side but Crooks believes this type of player is a dying breed.
Because of Antonio’s raw physicality, Crooks expects that VAR will continue to rule his goals out for minor indiscretions in the build-up. Antonio had one chalked off against Chelsea too so perhaps Crooks has a point.
Garth Crooks on Michail Antonio
In his BBC article, Crooks wrote: “This was a fabulous performance. What this lad loses in finesse he more than makes up for in effort and desire. What a shame the striker had his well-deserved goal overruled by VAR.
“Very soon players like Antonio will no longer feature in the professional game due to VAR on account of the player’s lack of sophistication as the technology seeks to root out the slightest indiscretion. The only element of luck that now exists in the game is if VAR sees something that everyone else misses.”