Peterborough United’s director of football Barry Fry has recent discussed his concerns about West Ham United and Michail Antonio.
Recently, Fry was talking exclusively to Football FanCast about the Hammers under David Moyes in the current campaign. He praised Jesse Lingard for his time at the London Stadium in the current campaign, but he expressed worries about the fitness of Antonio, even though the Man Utd loanee has taken some burden off his shoulders.
Lingard had arrived at West Ham on loan from United in the January transfer window and since reuniting with David Moyes, the Englishman has impressed by having scored five times for the Hammers. He has also grabbed three assists for the side (as per Transfermarkt).
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Antonio’s performances haven’t been bad at all, as he got two assists against Arsenal recently and even scored against Man City and Tottenham.
While talking about his worry regarding Antonio, Fry said: “In Lingard, I think that was a magnificent signing and the icing on the cake. I’m a little bit worried if anything happened to Antonio, they’re a bit short in that department.”
The 31-year-old Antonio has been an important player for the Hammers this season, having contributed to 12 goals in the Premier League. The club had sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January, meaning that Antonio happens to the West Ham’s only option for the striker’s position.
Because he’s Moyes’ only option for the position in the first-team, any injury to him will be a worry for the Hammers. Back in December, he had missed multiple games due to injury and West Ham won just once in five outings during that period. That is a reflection of how important he is for the side.