Kevin Phillips claimed it would be a “massive blow” for West Ham if Michail Antonio is ruled out for a lengthy spell through injury.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, lauded the “fantastic” 30-year-old who has become a “fox in the box” under David Moyes.
David Moyes is still waiting anxiously to hear whether his leading goalscorer will need treatment for a recurring hamstring problem.
The recently-converted striker was forced off of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City with an issue similar to the one he suffered at Spurs.
His six Premier League appearances this season have returned three goals and helped the Hammers to twelfth in the table despite a tricky run of fixtures.
When asked by Football Insider if David Moyes’s side could cope without Antonio, Phillips said:
“He is going to be a huge miss for them because he has been their fox in the box, although you would not put him in that mould.
“Antonio has scored 36 Premier League goals and every single one of them has been from inside the area, which surprised me. He is getting in the right areas, scoring all types of goals and even an overhead kick at the weekend.
“A massive blow for them to lose him and let’s hope it is not for too long – one or two game max.
“David Moyes will want to get him back into that side because he has been fantastic this season for them.”