By Adefunmiloye Alani

5th Sep, 2021 | 8:10pm

Stuart Pearce showers praise on West Ham striker Michail Antonio

West Ham striker Michail Antonio has become the club’s highest goalscorer in Premier League history, and his consistency has impressed Stuart Pearce.

The 31-year-old has 50 top-flight goals for the Hammers, with four of them coming in three appearances this term.

Antonio has established himself as one of the best finishers in the land despite starting his West Ham career at right-back, and the first-team coach loves the development he has witnessed so far.

“He’s shown a real level of consistency, over the last couple of years I’ve got to say,” the Hammers chief said (as shown on talkSPORT’s official Twitter account on Sunday afternoon).

“I signed him at Nottingham Forest as a winger, and it was at that level of consistency you are always striving for.

“His level of professionalism, his level of consistency have gone through the roof working under David and David’s really getting the best out of him.

“And I think from a mixed point of view, he’s really enjoying his football.”

“Whether his injuries now and then is stopping him from getting a level of consistency from the managers, who knows.

“I think he’s due to play for Jamaica this weekend and he’d be looking and saying ‘Can I qualify for the World Cup and play at the World Cup?’

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Antonio is unplayable on his day, and defenders do not enjoy having to come up against the Irons goalscoring machine.

Moyes has stuck with him as his preferred number 9 over both of his stints as West Ham manager, and he has delivered where a lot of options has failed.

While England have refused to hand him a call-up of recent, Jamaica have and he will be looking to guide the Caribbean Island to next summer’s World Cup.

With his current form and a host of other England-born players that the Reggae Boyz have assembled, not many will bet against Antonio delivering the goods at international level too.

The London Stadium outfit need their talisman to be fit for the majority of the campaign and overcome his frequent injury woes to boost their chances of impressing in the Europa League and domestically this term.

Should he manage to stay off the treatment table for large chunks of the season, Moyes will fancy West Ham’s chances of punching above their weights, and their fortunes on the pitch will largely depend on his fitness given how crucial he is to their style of play.

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