The prospect of Michail Antonio returning to the West Ham team ahead of schedule is a mouthwatering one as he “scares people”.
That is according to ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old forward.
Antonio missed West Ham’s defeat to Liverpool last weekend with a hamstring injury that the Mail reported could sideline him for six weeks until at least early December.
But Football Insider revealed earlier today from a well-placed West Ham source that Antonio is making “good progress” with his rehabilitation and is targeting a return to action straight after the international break.
He will miss this weekend’s clash against Fulham but has pencilled in the 22nd November trip to Sheffield United for his potential comeback.
“Michail Antonio has been sensational,” Campbell told Football Insider. “He has really put West Ham on his shoulders and moved the club forward in that sense, he’s been brilliant.
“Obviously he’s got a little bit of an injury at the moment, he’s tweaked his hamstring. That threat isn’t there anymore, but they gave Liverpool a really good game.
“Michail Antonio has traits and attributes that scare people and when you’re West Ham you need someone in your team that the opposition have to scheme for and think ‘we’ve got to stop him’ and if they don’t he’s going to cause you major headaches.”
Antonio has been in the form of his life since the June restart, netting 11 league goals in his last 12 matches either side of the summer break.
In the current campaign, Antonio has scored three times in six Premier League matches – against Man City, Leicester City and Arsenal.