West Ham manager David Moyes has suggested that there is a lot more to come from attacker Michail Antonio. The Englishman notched his fourth goal of the Premier League season, and first since returning from injury as the Hammers pulled off a 1-0 win against Burnley last Saturday.
“It is really difficult for us at the moment. Although I think if anything Mick has been managing himself in the games well,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think he is at full tilt at the moment, I think he is doing well, but I know there are another couple of gears for him to go into.
“I think he is protecting himself slightly at the minute, but he is an important part of the team for us, as you saw with his goal on Saturday.
“He got us the result, so we have got to be careful with him, but we also want to win games, and we want to keep moving forward, so we will try and get Micky ready for the game,” he continued.
There is currently more emphasis on Antonio to score goals for the club following the depature of Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
The versatile 30-year-old has proven to be a reliable squad member for the Hammers since he joined the club from Nottingham Forest in 2015. He has scored 40 Premier League goals in 143 appearances so far.
Whilst a lot can be expected from Antonio between now and the end of the season, the Hammers can ill-afford to rely on him solely.
Antonio has struggled with injury problems throughout his career, and the club must look to bring in a new striker this month to provide cover and competition.