Michail Antonio is ‘as vital’ to West Ham as Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are for Leicester and Tottenham respectively, former Hammer Tony Cottee has claimed.
The 30-year-old was instrumental final season as David Moyes’ males efficiently beat the drop, hitting some essential objectives to maintain his facet within the top-flight.
And he has been a useful participant for West Ham once more by scoring in two of 4 begins since getting back from harm on the finish of December, netting match-winners in opposition to Burnley and West Brom.
And regardless of failing to attain within the 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, he was a continuing risk and an enormous handful for the Eagles defence because the Hammers made it SIX wins on the bounce.
Cottee believes the affect Antonio’s is having may be in comparison with the importance of Vardy and Kane at their respective groups.
“We began off speaking about how vital Jamie Vardy is to Leicester. Effectively, Michail Antonio is that for West Ham,” Cottee, who revamped 300 appearances for the Hammers in two spells, mentioned.
“You possibly can say the identical for Harry Kane for Spurs. If you’ve received the highest strikers who bang the objectives in repeatedly – Antonio may have had 4 or 5 the opposite night time.
“Pay attention if Michail will get injured then West Ham want a centre ahead.
“Jesse Lingered can be an excellent signing as a result of he can play up entrance, there’s little question about it.
“ However it will likely be extra of a false 9. I don’t like shopping for the January switch window – it’s a deflated market and everybody needs a goalscorer.
“I believe West Ham can be higher both shopping for from the decrease leagues, which Moyes has achieved very efficiently by the best way, and taking an opportunity on a £9-£10million signing or get somebody in on mortgage and wait till the tip of the season to get a correct ahead in.”
West Ham have recognized Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde as the person to accompany Antonio, in accordance with studies.
The Hammers are desperately looking for a brand new striker after promoting Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month.
Antonio stays the membership’s solely senior striker and the Englishman has struggled with accidents in current months.
Laborde, 26, has impressed in Ligue 1 this season with six objectives and 6 assists.
And French outlet Le10Sport claims West Ham have an interest.