The Lowdown: West Ham dealt blow…
Amid star striker Michail Antonio’s sensational start to the season, West Ham have now been dealt a blow surrounding the Jamaica international.
Indeed, during the Irons’ stalemate at Southampton last weekend, Moyes’ star striker was shown a second yellow card in the dying seconds following a reckless challenge on Moussa Djenepo.
As a result, West Ham will be without the 31-year-old for their home game against Premier League title contenders Manchester United.
The Latest: Campbell makes claim…
Speaking to FI, Sky pundit and former English top-flight striker Campbell has made a West Ham claim involving Antonio and Moyes.
Who will come in for Antonio against Man United?
Indeed, he says that Moyes ‘will be fuming’ with the incident and West Ham ‘could struggle’ without his pace and power.
“Of course, David Moyes will be fuming because it’s so late on in the game,” Campbell explained.
“Antonio has been top class this season. To have your most influential player at the top end of the pitch suspended is not ideal.
“It is going to give someone else a chance. But without that pace and power that Antonio possesses they could struggle.
“He is a handful for anybody. They might miss him big time.”
The Verdict: Big miss…
Bagging four goals and three assists over his handful of Premier League starts already this season, Antonio will be a big miss for Moyes against his former club this weekend.
The striker has also averaged the second-most shots on goal per 90 this season (4.5), just behind Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane (WhoScored), and it will be interesting to see how the Hammers deal with his absence.
Jarrod Bowen could be a contender to play in Antonio’s usual role, especially considering how brilliant he has been in the final third – making the most key passes per 90 (2.3) out of West Ham’s entire side so far (WhoScored).
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