Danny Mills has been left raving over the work rate of West Ham forward Michail Antonio after starting in the win over Chelsea.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Manchester City defender says that the 29-year-old has the attributes to cause defenders problems and that is exactly what happened on Saturday.
Antonio, who is naturally a winger, led the line for the Hammers at Stamford Bridge in what was only his second start of the season, Aaron Cresswell netting the only goal of the game.
Mills says that Antonio’s efforts up front made a big difference in securing victory, the Englishman keeping big-money signing Sebastien Haller on the bench.
Mills told Football Insider: “What they are looking at is what has he got? He’s got pace, he’s got energy about him, so that’s what he offers you, that’s what he can do.
“He works his socks off, he’s very, very hard working, we know that, so it gives them an opportunity and when someone’s prepared to put that in, that effort, put people under pressure, it causes problems, simple as that.
“That’s exactly what he did.”
Antonio has barely been seen by the West Ham faithful this season as a result of a serious injury blow back in August, Saturday the first time he has played more than 45 minutes in his five Premier League appearances.
He turned out 38 times across all competitions last season, scoring seven goals and chipping in with seven assists.
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