Stephen Warnock: Michail Antonio has been unbelievable for West Ham
Stephen Warnock says West Ham striker Michail Antonio has delighted him after he proved himself in recent months at the club.
The Jamaican international has become the Hammers’ highest goalscorer in Premier League history, and the Sky Sports pundit showered praise on him on BBC ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.
Antonio was unable to add to the six goals and three assists he has registered in 13 league games this term in West Ham’s 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium, but he remains a key player for David Moyes.
Warnock said (as shared on BBC’s website): “He is arguably the most improved player in the Premier League in the past two seasons. I think he’s been unbelievable. I’m delighted for him because he’s such a lovely guy as well.
“It’s taken a manager who believes in him playing in that central role and he’s just thrived in it.”
Antonio has been involved in just the one goal in his last seven Premier League appearances for the Irons, and while he definitely needs to improve, there is no denying that he brings more than goals and assists to the table.
He is one of the best when it comes to playing with his back to the goal, with his hold-up play always helping to bring others into action.
The West Ham ace is every defender’s nightmare due to his strength and pace, and they have always come in handy.
The Hammers have lost their last two league games, and Antonio needs to step up when they host Brighton and Chelsea in their next two games.
He scored in each of the two World Cup qualifiers for his country during the last international break, proving that he has not lost his touch, and not many will bet against him delivering the goods pretty soon.
The powerhouse is one of the reasons why the London Stadium outfit are flying high this season, and it is indeed good to see his recent growth in the position.
In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.