Chris Sutton raves about West Ham striker Michail Antonio
Chris Sutton has showered heaps of praise on West Ham striker Michail Antonio after the Hammers won 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Hammers jumped into the top four of the Premier League table after winning the London derby.
Antonio scored the only goal of the match in the 72nd-minute, when he poked in the winner from Aaron Cresswell’s dipping corner
Antonio has now managed his seventh West Ham goal in nine matches across all competitions, and Sutton has rightly pointed out that he is enjoying the form of his life.
Sutton has explained why West Ham are set-piece specialists, with David Moyes’s side scoring 21 goals from such situations, more than any other side.
Declan Rice made a smart run towards the near post, leaving Antonio in space to prod the ball beyond Hugo Lloris. The Hammers also found the winner against Everton at Goodison Park in a similar manner.
“Watching Antonio now, there’s a strong case to say England missed a trick by not ensuring he was theirs. He’s in the form of his life, but he belongs to Jamaica now, unfortunately,” wrote Sutton for the Daily Mail.
Antonio is soon becoming a scourge for Tottenham, having scored four in his last six matches against them.
Having played in multiple positions throughout his career, Antonio seems to be excelling in his present role. It was an instinctive and predatory strike from him, and he richly deserves accolades.
The delivery from Cresswell was equally brilliant as it evaded everyone at the near post. Antonio appears to have really enjoyed that goal and reenacted a scene from the Matrix to mark one of his trademark celebrations.
Antonio made his Jamaica debut in September and Sutton says Gareth Southgate has made a big mistake by not taking him to the England set-up.
David Moyes has said time and again this season that the Hammers are relying heavily on Antonio, and that he is using him diligently. Having said that, the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma have stepped up nicely in the absence of Antonio.
The Hammers have now picked up six wins from their last seven games in all competitions. They face Manchester City next in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.