David Moyes praises one West Ham United star he admits was not at his best in the 4-1 win over Aston Villa last time out.
When it comes to assessing a player’s importance to a team, they don’t come any more crucial than West Ham star Michail Antonio.
The powerful Hammers ace has been a revelation since being converted from a winger to a striker by Moyes.
Antonio was deservedly named August’s Premier League player of the month as he became West Ham’s all time leading goalscorer in the competition.
And he already has seven goals and four assists in 11 games for West Ham this season.
West Ham’s number nine was not at his best against Aston Villa, though.
That’s according to Moyes himself speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa League clash in Genk.
David Moyes praises West Ham star he admits was not at his best
The Scot made the honest admission as he heaped praise on Antonio for finding a way to contribute despite slipping below his usual high standards.
“What I liked about the other day (vs Villa) was although Micky Antonio didn’t have his best game, he set up goals for the other players,” Moyes told whufc.com.
“We have a terrific spirit at the club, the players are right behind it and my job is to keep them on a straight line.”
Moyes’s comments come after he admitted – for the first time – that he does not have an ‘out-and-out’ striker in his West Ham squad.
The Hammers boss was keen to point out that 31-year-old Antonio is still new to being a striker.
And that could be construed as a major hint that he plans to finally sign a striker in January, a year after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
No doubt Moyes will have been working closely with new head of recruitment Rob Newman on possible targets.
Both men have stated they will be looking – in the main – to sign young, hungry players with potential.