West Ham ace Michail Antonio praised David Moyes for the manner in which he has helped him evolve into a centre-forward, when speaking to Super 6 Podcast with Adebayo Akinfenwa and Laura Woods.
The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 for around £7 million (BBC).
Antonio was a marauding winger when he moved to east London. And he has since fulfilled a variety of different positions in the claret and blue.
But it seems as though the powerful ace has finally found his forte.
David Moyes utilised Antonio as a centre-forward when Premier League action resumed in June following a three-month lay-off.
And he has been an undeniable success.
Antonio has racked up 11 goals in his last 15 Premier League games for West Ham.
And the 30-year-old credited Moyes with his turnaround in form, when speaking to Super 6 Podcast with Adebayo Akinfenwa and Laura Woods:
“One thing I put down to David Moyes to be fair…he’s said to me, ‘The position I want you to be in when we have the ball is in line with the ball. As long as you’re in line with the ball, you will be found easier’. And since he’s said that to me, 90 per cent of the time I have collected the ball. That’s where my hold-up play has come from and scoring goals, being a striker I have more opportunities to score goals.”
Whatever it is, it’s certainly working.
Antonio is keeping £45 million striker Sebastien Haller out of the team. And if he keeps producing the goods, the Frenchman faces a bleak future at the London Stadium.
Next up for West Ham is Tottenham away on Sunday. And we will need Antonio to be on his very best form once again if we are to leave north London with a positive result to show for our efforts.