Jermain Defoe shared some advice that Ian Wright once gave him about finishing and West Ham man Michail Antonio needs to seek out some guidance from the former striker as well.
The Hammers lost 3-1 away at Tottenham yesterday.
It wasn’t too much of a surprise in all honesty, considering how much the West Ham players put into the match against Sevilla on Thursday night.
It was still an incredibly frustrating defeat nonetheless. And with the game finely poised at 2-1 to Tottenham on around the 50 minute mark, the Hammers had a superb chance to level the scores.
Said Benrahma slid Aaron Cresswell in down the left and the 32-year-old found Michail Antonio in acres of space just eight yards out. Micky frustratingly blazed over, however, and after that moment, we didn’t really create too much.
The chance was certainly not a tap in but it was one that we believe he should have scored. And Defoe clearly thought that as well…
Jermain Defoe criticises Michail Antonio
The powerful front-man has been a very effective weapon for West Ham this season but his recent goalscoring problems are becoming a real concern.
Antonio has bagged eight goals and seven assists in 29 Premier League games for West Ham this season (Transfermarkt). At face value, those are some pretty impressive numbers but when you delve deeper into his stats this season, it is clear to see that he has struggled since the end of last year.
Since October 3rd, Micky has scored just three goals in 24 Premier League games. That clearly isn’t good enough for a number nine.
And Jermain Defoe gave Michail Antonio some strong advice, when speaking on Sky Sports after the game yesterday:
“It’s a big chance. Look at him, he’s leaning back. If he just gets over the ball and hits it into the ground more, he might score. It’s a big, big chance. Ian Wright always used to say to me, ‘be ready for your chance’. And that chance could come in the first minute, or the 90th minute, and he (Antonio) didn’t seem ready today.”
Antonio should listen to Defoe and seek out advice from Ian Wright.
The Arsenal legend was one of the very best in the business at putting the ball int he back of the net. He scored 323 goals during his magnificent career (Soccerbase).
And if anyone could help Micky return to his best form in front of goal it would be Ian Wright.
Whether the Arsenal man would be prepared to help out one of his team’s direct rivals though is another matter entirely!
Either way, Defoe was spot on. Antonio needs to watch that chance he had against Tottenham back on video and learn from his error.
Let’s hope that the 31-year-old returns from international duty fully fit and raring to go for the Premier League and Europa League run-ins.
Make the call to Wrighty Micky, it might be just what you need to help turn your form around!