West Ham skipper Mark Noble absolutely raved about Michail Antonio, when speaking to the club’s official website over the weekend.
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The 30-year-old Hammers ace was the star of the show against Norwich City on Saturday, scoring all four goals in what was a tremendous win for David Moyes’ side.
Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 for around £7 million, and he has gone on to be a huge hit at the Upton Park and the London Stadium.
The powerful front-man is so important to the Hammers. His power and pace offers David Moyes something that he doesn’t otherwise possess.
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If West Ham are to stay up and make genuine progress next season, it will be vital for the club’s owners to tie Antonio down to a new long-term deal.
Mark Noble spoke to WHUFC.com, and provided an insight into just how much of a handful the 30-year-old attacker is:
“He’s been a real saving grace for us the last month or so. He’s got the goals for us and I just said to him in there he owes me a drink because I set him up twice today! He’s been great for us and he deserves his goals because he works so hard for the team. He’s such a handful, no centre-half would want to play against him full stop. I didn’t see him but I heard his scream and I knew where he’d be. You can manage to play those balls in behind and it’s great for me because I know he’s going to run in behind. I’ve told him as soon as I get the ball to make sure you’re on your bike.”
Next up for West Ham is a clash against Watford at the London Stadium on Friday night.
And Antonio will surely lead the line once again for Moyes’s side after Saturday’s heroics against Norwich.
The Hammers desperately need all three points against the Hornets. And with the former Forest man firing on all cylinders, they seem to be in a great position to do just that.