Joe Cole raved about Michail Antonio after West Ham beat FCSB 3-1 in the UEFA Europa Conference League last night.
The 32-year-old helped turn the tide for the Hammers last night after coming on as a second-half substitute.
David Moyes would have been fuming with the performance of his team during the first-half, as West Ham went into half-time trailing 1-0 to FCSB, deservedly so.
The Scot acted by bringing on Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta in place of Gianluca Scamacca, Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini.
The impact from those three was instant – especially Antonio. The 32-year-olde was quite simply brilliant and was a constant menace for the FCSB defenders.
And Micky really impressed Joe Cole in the studio…
Joe Cole raves about West Ham ace after 3-1 win over FCSB
Antonio drove the Hammers on after coming on as a second-half substitute and played a key role in our victory.
The 32-year-old scored West Ham’s third goal of the night, demonstrating his pace, power and finishing ability.
Joe Cole was blown away by Antonio’s goal, when speaking on BT Sport last night (Thursday September 8th, 10pm):
“Aaah, just look at this, eating up the ground, the lovely touch and a lovely finish.”
Antonio made a very big statement to Moyes and the fans with his performance yesterday.
The 32-year-old proved that he is still very much the Hammers’ number one centre-forward.
West Ham would have struggled to beat FCSB without Antonio’s introduction at half-time in my view. And that tells us all we need to know about the forward’s importance to this team.