Michail Antonio was absolutely sensational when he came on for the second-half during West Ham United’s win over FCSB.
The Hammers were atrocious during the first-half and deservedly trailed 1-0 at half-time.
David Moyes obviously got in amongst his underperforming players during the break, and sent on Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta in place of Gianluca Scamacca, Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini.
West Ham looked like a different team during the second-half against FCSB and eventually ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.
In a group stage format, getting off the mark with three points in the first game is absolutely vital. And the Hammers have Michail Antonio to thank for that…
Michail Antonio unplayable for West Ham vs FCSB
The 32-year-old was a total menace for the Hammers when he came on last night.
He’s now bagged three goals and two assists in nine games for West Ham this season (Transfermarkt).
It was a timely reminder for David Moyes and the West Ham fans from Antonio that he is still very much the number one striker at the club.
He ran the FCSB defenders absolutely ragged, dragged the centre-backs out wide and created more space for his teammates in the process.
It was exactly what West Ham needed at the time. We just didn’t lay a glove on the Romanians during the first-half.
That all changed after Micky’s introduction though.
He scored the Hammers’ third and final goal of the night but his performance was about so much more than that.
Antonio’s energy and bullishness dragged his team back into the game and helped us earn a vital three points in the end.
The West Ham vs FCSB clash was a fairly drab affair until Antonio changed all of that in the second-half. Write the 32-year-old off at your peril!
Antonio, who earns around £69k-a-week (Salary Sport), is still very much a vital player for the Hammers.