Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent feels like Michail Antonio will be the key player that will help keep West Ham in the Premier League this season.
The striker signed for West Ham in 2015 from Nottingham Forest for £8.55 million and has played 145 times, scoring 31 goals and contributing to 31 assists (Transfermarkt).
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said, “He [Antonio] is going to be massive. There’s probably going to be players in the squad with more natural ability – their touch and creativity.
“When you’re talking about pace, power and being an absolute nuisance, there’s no one better than him. He is integral.
“I thought when he came up against Arsenal, that he was somebody that Arsenal would hate to play against. I thought they’d look at that and gone: ‘He’s everything Arsenal would hate to play against – big, powerful, quick.’”
It is hard to disagree with Bent, with Antonio’s pace and power, the Hammers could be a menace on the counter and this could be really effective as West Ham will have to defend a lot in their upcoming fixtures, which sees them face Wolves, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio scored the weekend before last against Southampton but missed three big chances against Arsenal (Sofascore). Even though he missed these chances, it shows that he was in the right places and if he is performing at his best, he will take these opportunities the next time they come.
The ex-Reading man has also scored four times against Spurs and will be hoping to replicate this when the sides face each other in a couple of weeks (90min).
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