Kevin Phillips Exclusive: West Ham fans will be in 'Uproar' if big-name star recalled
Kevin Phillips has claimed there will be “uproar” at West Ham if David Moyes drops Michail Antonio when Sebastien Haller returns.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, heaped praise on Antonio, 30, for the way he lead the line against Chelsea as the Hammers left it late to seal a 3-2 victory at the London Stadium.
The English striker was handed the Man of the Match award for his performance last night after he scored West Ham’s second and assisted Andriy Yarmolenko’s 89th minute winner.
David Moyes has put his faith Antonio as a centre-forward with £36million summer signing Sebastien Haller sidelined through injury.
The French striker is nearing a return from injury but Phillips has urged Moyes to stick with Antonio up top.
“My biggest worry for West Ham was who was going to score the goals to keep them up,” he told Football Insider.
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“Antonio did a good job last night and he got his goal.
“I would not say he was fantastic last night. At times his touch let him down but he leads the line so well.
“When you are under a lot of pressure, defending for long periods of the game, you need the ball to stick to your striker and Antonio does that. He has great strength and he allows the team to get out.
“I see David Moyes sticking with him even if Haller is fit. He got his goal last night and that will do him the world of good.
“There would be uproar from the supporters if Moyes was to drop Antonio and bring Haller back in. It would be a mistake.”
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