Eric Dier raved about Michail Antonio after Tottenham’s win over West Ham, labelling him as one of the most difficult strikers to defend against in the Premier League, as quoted by the Last Word on Spurs Twitter account.
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The powerful attacker joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest for around £7 million in the summer of 2015 (BBC).
Antonio instantly became a fan favourite in east London. And he makes such a difference to the West Ham side.
The former Forest man offers the Hammers something that they do not otherwise possess, what with his pace and power.
The 30-year-old has racked up 30 goals and 21 assists in 147 games for the Hammers (Transfermarkt).
He hasn’t been at his brilliant best in the two games since project restart. But his form will hopefully return along with his fitness as the weeks go by.
And Tottenham ace Eric Dier suggested that Antonio is up there with the very best in the Premier League:
“I think he’s one of the most difficult strikers to come up against in the Premier League. Maybe not for his goals but for his work ethic and the way he will press you and challenge every ball, and the way he runs in behind.”
If West Ham are to stay up this season, they need Antonio fully fit and firing on all cylinders over the final seven games.
Things are looking bleak for the Hammers at the moment. But they have got quality in their squad.
Let’s just hope it’s not too late for the likes of Antonio to have a positive impact on West Ham’s season.