West Ham United co-owner David Gold has delivered a welcome update on Michail Antonio ahead of the crunch game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Gold may be unpopular with a large section of West Ham fans.
But his latest Twitter post would have raised a smile among supporters ahead of West Ham’s huge clash with bitter rivals Spurs on Sunday.
Antonio – West Ham’s only senior striker – has missed the last two games through injury.
Antonio not missed in comfortable win over Blades but will be needed against a quality side like Spurs
The Hammers did not miss him last time out as Moyes used Jarrod Bowen up front with Jesse Lingard behind and West Ham beat Sheffield United 3-0.
Against a quality side like Tottenham, though, West Ham need all the firepower they can get.
Antonio loves playing against West Ham’s bitter rivals Spurs too. He has scored four goals – including two match-winners – against Tottenham in the last five years.
One of those also earned West Ham the bragging rights of being the first away team to win at Tottenham’s new stadium.
David Moyes provided an update on Antonio’s fitness in his press conference ahead of the game (whufc.com).
The Scot said Antonio had a ‘good chance’ of making it. But he would not give any guarantees and revealed Antonio had only been doing light training on his own.
Gold reveals Moyes is ‘hopeful’ Antonio will be ready and it’s bad news for Tottenham
Now West Ham co-owner Gold has reiterated Moyes’s comments, saying the Hammers boss is hopeful of having his only striker fit for the game against Jose Mourinho’s side.
“David Moyes is hopeful of having striker Michail Antonio available for selection for Sunday’s Premier League London derby with Tottenham Hotspur. dg,” Gold said on Twitter alongside an old picture of him with the forward.
As usual Gold received a barrage of criticism from fans after making the post.
That is perhaps unsurprising given his goading of supporters on Twitter in recent weeks.
Major boost ahead of European six-pointer
It is welcome news regardless and if he is fit, Antonio gives Moyes more options and another dimension for the match.
A win for West Ham over Spurs would consolidate their place in the European mix and put them nine points ahead of their London rivals.
Victory for Mourinho’s out of sorts visitors would cut the gap to just three points.
So it really is the proverbial ‘six-pointer’ when it comes to the race for the European places.
Tottenham have struggled of late. But they looked in decent form on Thursday night, beating Austrian side Wolfsberg 4-1 in the Europa League last 32.