Michail Antonio has been labelled ‘one of many cleverest’ strikers within the Premier League and can be a giant blow for West Ham having him out injured.
The 30-year-old picked up a hamstring harm towards Man City final weekend and it’s worse than initially feared.
Antonio will miss a minimum of a month of motion, beginning with the Hammers’ conflict with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday – with commentary of the match dwell on talkSPORT.
The ahead is West Ham’s prime scorer this season with three targets and has 11 in his final 13 whole Premier League video games relationship again to the Premier League restart in June.
Former Hammers midfielder Trevor Sinclair believes Antonio would have thrived towards a depleted Liverpool workforce.
He advised talkSPORT: “It doesn’t matter who they’re taking part in towards it’s an enormous miss as a result of Antonio, folks discuss his power however he’s presumably one of many cleverest strikers I’ve seen within the Premier League this yr.
“The way in which that he holds the ball up, the timing of his motion, the actual fact he fights for area earlier than the ball even will get there by getting concerned with the central defenders.
“His ending has improved. You noticed the overhead kick final week. He needed to maintain a participant off and say ‘wait there a minute’ whereas this ball is available in to execute this overhead kick. He’s taking part in out of his pores and skin.
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“He’s additionally acquired the athleticism and the pace. It’s an enormous blow, particularly if you think about that Virgil van Dijk is lacking and even Fabinho, who did fill that spot for Liverpool very well.
“He’s additionally injured with a hamstring so it might have been a chance the place he would have performed towards Rhys Williams or Joe Gomez. I really feel West Ham would have actually thrived in these circumstances.”