Darren Bent shared he doubted whether West Ham attacker Michail Antonio would be able to score enough goals in order to “change lives” at the London Stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham forward claimed Antonio was the Hammers’ best player by miles against Spurs on Saturday and acknowledged that the winger plays without fear.
Manuel Pellegrini utilised Antonio from the bench during the 3-2 loss to Spurs with him opting to bring him on at half-time in order to replace Felipe Anderson.
Bent explained that Antonio was an asset to West Ham due to being big and powerful, but suggested he wasn’t convinced that he would be able to score all the goals his side needed him to.
When asked if Antonio was West Ham’s best player by miles v Spurs, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah he was and he scored a great goal as well.
“It’s tough for West Ham at the minute as there’s so much discontent between the player and the manager, they have got leaders in their team and the squad is under-performing.
“But I always said Antonio was an asset as he is big, powerful and he can score a goal as he plays with no fear as he gets on with it and plays well.
“And he can be a big miss, but even then I don’t think he will score enough goals, he’ll get his fair share as he’ll score between 5 and 10 goals, and he’ll do what he needs to do.
“But is he going to change lives down there? I’m not sure but you’d rather have him in your team than not.”
Antonio scored his first league goal of the season against Spurs on Saturday and managed to get a grand total of six goals in his Premier League campaign last season.
The 29-year-old’s appearance against Spurs was his first outing for the club since he suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Newport County in the EFL Cup in August.
In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has made a “huge” claim about the Hammers board after the defeat to Spurs.