Kevin Phillips has tipped West Ham to agree a new deal with man-of-the-moment Michail Antonio a new deal.
However, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 30-year-old should not be the first-choice spearhead for the Hammers next season.
David Moyes’s side ran riot at Carrow Road on Saturday to put valuable distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Antonio grabbed all four goals of the game to double his tally for the season to eight goals in 23 appearances.
The versatile English forward is into the final year of his contract at the London Stadium.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected Antonio to be handed an improved deal at the club, Phillips said:
“I think they will offer him a new contract but not an improved deal, as much as he has done well.
“Antonio is what he is. He is hard working but lacks that technical ability. What he lacks in that he makes up for in endeavour and hard work but in the Premier League you need more than that.
“I think they will offer him a new contract because he is a useful player to have in your squad but is he the answer for them up top next year? I would doubt that.”
David Moyes admitted discussions over Antonio’s contract had not begun: “We have not taken our focus for one minute away from the next game.
“Maybe at the end of the season it will be something we will look at.”
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