By Daniel Feliciano

18th Sep, 2022 | 4:28pm

Jonathan Woodgate praises 'magnificent' Michail Antonio for what he did in West Ham United clash v Everton

BBC pundit Jonathan Woodgate praised West Ham striker Michail Antonio for his “magnificent” hold up play during the clash with Everton on Sunday.

The Jamaica international was recalled to the Hammers’ starting lineup for the game, having scored in each of his last two appearances for the club.

And he showed why with a brilliant bit of hold up play during the first half of West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League, and former England defender Woodgate was quick to give him praise for it while appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Magnificent hold up play by Antonio,” he said. “He was so good there when he took the ball down, it was just his final pass that was missing. Lovely play.”

Antonio looked fit and sharp throughout the game, causing plenty of trouble for defenders James Tarkowski and Conor Coady to deal with while the referee struggled to control the game.

Needed

Antonio has been the rightful first-choice striker for David Moyes for several years now, but in the second half of last season it became evident that he needed help.

Whether that was an understudy to allow him rest at pivotal times or genuine competition, someone needed to come in and the club finally provided someone when they signed Gianluca Scamacca in the summer.

Since the Italian’s arrival he has looked quick, strong and focused and has welcomed the challenge to his position and taken it as a positive.

It’s the perfect attitude to have and has helped his own game, with his performances impressing so far this season and being enough to keep Scamacca out of the side for the most part in the Premier League.

He needs to now make that consistent and continue what he has been doing to keep his place, because he has the quality and ability to be a real force for West Ham in the Premier League for another few seasons at least.