Joe Cole absolutely raved about Michail Antonio after his performance for West Ham against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League last night.

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The 31-year-old was in inspired form in Croatia, especially during the first-half.

Antonio pounced on a mistake by the Zagreb defence after Kevin Theophile-Catherine made a sloppy back pass.

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The West Ham striker subsequently rounded the goalkeeper and put us 1-0 up.

Micky put in a real shift as well. He didn’t stop running and stretching Zagreb’s back-line.

Joe Cole blown away by Michail Antonio

The 31-year-old West Ham ace caught the eye of an ex-Hammer last night.

Cole waxed lyrical about Antonio in the BT studio at 18:40 last night.

The thee-time Premier League winner said:

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“This touch here, if it was Eric Cantona or Teddy Sheringham we’d be drooling about it. He so powerful, he’s been sensational.”

Cole is spot on. Sometimes Antonio doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.

Micky is much more than a powerful, bulldozing centre-forward. He has drastically improved his touch when he’s facing away from goal. That has enabled him to hold the ball up better.

Antonio has a lot more strings to his bow than just pace and power. The former Nottingham Forest ace is absolutely vital to David Moyes.

He is undoubtedly now one of the very first names on the the Scot’s team-sheet.

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And Joe Cole’s comments last night prove just how good Michail Antonio is when he is at his very best.

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