West Ham would miss Michail Antonio “dearly” if he was ruled out for a significant period through injury, according to Paul Robinson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England number one lauded the 30-year-old who is “playing some of the best football” of his career.

David Moyes is waiting anxiously to hear whether his leading goalscorer will need treatment for a recurring hamstring problem after he was forced off of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Word circulated on social media last night that the industrious striker, who has scored three goals in six Premier League appearances this season, faces a spell on the sidelines.

Sebastien Haller would be the obvious choice to replace Antonio, the £45million signing scoring five goals in eight appearances across all competitions this season.

When asked by Football Insider if the Irons would struggle if Antonio was out for a significant period, Robinson said:

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“Antonio has been given a new lease of life this season. He has been given the responsibility of leading the line and he is thoroughly enjoying it.

“He is playing some of the best football I have ever seen him play. Antonio’s goal against City was absolutely fantastic. The way that he held the centre-half off… He is so strong.

“If they are to lose him through injury they will miss him dearly, a huge blow, because he has been such a big part of what they have achieved so far this season.”

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