By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

27th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

Frank McAvennie believes Michail Antonio wants to leave West Ham this month but won’t be allowed to after Danny Ings picked up a knee injury.

The Hammers signed Ings in a £15m deal ahead of the win over Everton, but he picked up an injury and is now likely to miss around a month of action, leaving Antonio as the only fit striker at the club.

That means an exit for the Jamaica international is unlikely despite interest from Wolves [Alan Nixon, 16 Jan], but McAvennie feels that he wants to leave the club and will have to wait until the summer for his wish to be granted now.

“You couldn’t make it up,” he told West Ham Zone. “I just feel for Moyes. Brilliant. Go out and get a player, then he gets injured.

“They’ve brought him in for the treatment table. They’ve got some of the best treatment tables in England. The comfiest, because everyone comes in and gets injured at West Ham.

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“Danny Ings coming in, what a goalscorer he is. But he’s given Antonio a kick up the backside. He was back to being his normal self, being a pest last week (v Everton).

“And Bowen. Bowen was brilliant. So it’s good that they’ve stepped up. It shouldn’t take that to get over it and hopefully they’re back to their best.

“David has got to play all the good players. He’s got to play Benrahma, boys that can create chances. Especially if Ings is playing once he gets fit. I thought Antonio would have been moving in this window, but obviously he can’t now because Ings is injured.

“Can’t see it, so it’ll be the end of the season. He wants to go though.”