Sheffield United “will not be happy” West Ham striker Michail Antonio looks set to return from injury at the weekend, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker heaped praise on the 30-year-old and claimed the Hammers have “really missed him”.
This site revealed earlier this month that Antonio was targeting the trip to Bramhall Lane as a potential return date from a hamstring injury.
West Ham’s top scorer this season has missed their last two Premier League games with David Moyes selecting Sebastien Haller to lead the line.
However, Agbonlahor believes Moyes’ 5-4-1 system suits Antonio more than the Irons’ record signing.
He told Football Insider: “Antonio is a great player and West Ham have really missed him.
“Sheffield United will not be happy that Antonio is back.
“I like him a lot, he’s direct, he’s strong, he’s quick, he’s aggressive and he can score goals. He’s going to cause a lot of defences a lot of trouble this season.
“West Ham fans will be over the moon that he’s back because unfortunately for them Haller is not the ideal replacement for Antonio or West Ham.
“The style that they play with the 5-4-1 suits Antonio a lot more than Haller.”
Antonio has scored 11 goals in his last 13 Premier League games for West Ham, a run extending into last season.
Since his move from Nottingham Forest in September 2015, the forward has netted 41 times and provided 22 assists in 160 games for the Hammers.
In other West Ham news, the club have been backed to replace Declan Rice with a Celtic and Rangers linked 21-year-old.