Mills: Antonio is 'big worry' for West Ham after confirmed news
Danny Mills has insisted keeping players healthy will be key to West Ham repeating a top-six finish this term.
The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Michail Antonio would be important to their potential success this season.
Antonio is missing for the Hammers’ clash against Manchester United this weekend through suspension, after seeing red against Southampton last Saturday.
The Jamaica international has been in inspired form so far this season, scoring four goals in the Premier League.
However, injury layoffs are always a possibility for the powerful forward – who missed 13 games last season.
Manager David Moyes was quoted by the Evening Standard in August as saying he was “desperate” to sign a striker during the summer window.
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Mills believes the fight for the last European positions could be a dogfight between a number of sides.
“It’s going to be very difficult for West Ham to do it again,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“There’s a chance, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve got to keep all their players fit.
“Obviously Michail Antonio is a big worry for them, he’s missing at the weekend.
“I look at the league table and I just think they’ll be in that group with Leicester, Tottenham and Everton.
“Anyone from 10th upwards could stake a claim to be in that top 6.
“I think the top 4 – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – are just that little bit further ahead.”
West Ham have continued this season where they left off last term, winning two and drawing two in the first four this season.
Antonio is their only recognised striker. Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko have filled in through the middle for Moyes in recent months.