By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th Jul, 2022 | 2:30pm

Pundit: Michail Antonio will be delighted with West Ham United bid for Armando Broja

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… 

Michail Antonio will be absolutely delighted at news that West Ham have tabled a monster £30m bid for Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

That’s according to former striker Frank McAvennie, who was reacting to news of the Hammers stepping up their interest in the 20-year-old Albania international [Sky Sports, July 15] who spent last season on loan at Southampton.

David Moyes is said to have made him his top target for the striker position in this window, but McAvennie doesn’t think Broja will replace Antonio as the first-choice striker and could instead play alongside him to form a front two like Leicester did when they won the title.

“I don’t think anyone is going to replace Antonio,” he told West Ham Zone.

“He’s a different breed. I look at him and people say he can’t play, when I look at Antonio as a centre forward, I look at him and think I could play with him.

You know what Antonio does. He bullies people and knocks them about. It leaves someone else a bit of space. You can adjust your game to get people in behind. They’re some talented boys now.

“I don’t think somebody coming in is going to replace him. I don’t think it’s like Tottenham with Harry Kane, you know nobody is going to replace Harry Kane.

But Antonio, he’ll be delighted because he’s been playing that many games. I think he’ll be delighted someone else is there. And if he gets injured for three or four weeks, which he’s liable to do, then this boy comes in and does well then they can swap it about.

There’s enough game time for each of them. And if they’re worth their salt or anything at all then the two of them will want to play.

You never know, they might play [as a] 2 at home in certain games. I wouldn’t be surprised with that. I think it would confuse defenders because they’re not used to it.

I think Leicester won the league because nobody could play with two up front. It’s simple football.”