Hasenhuttl says West Ham star can decide games all on his own
Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested that Michail Antonio is a player who can decide games all on his own as his Southampton side prepare to face West Ham this weekend – in comments reported by Hampshire Live.
The Saints go into Saturday’s clash still looking for their first league win of the campaign.
But standing in their way is one of the early pace-setters in the Premier League.
West Ham have taken seven points from their opening three fixtures. They sit second in the table, and are already into double figures for goals.
In fact, the Hammers boast the leading goalscorer in the top flight. Antonio has four goals under his belt. He also has three assists to his name.
Hasenhuttl noted that West Ham have plenty of players who can cause problems for his side. But interestingly, he picked out the former Southampton loanee for particular praise.
“They have those quick strikers and they have a very dynamic strong forward, Antonio, who can decide games all on his own,” he said, as reported by Hampshire Live.
“They have a strong midfield too and they always get a lot of players into the box. That makes it so tough to defend. They keep the ball well on the front foot and get they get on you quick.”
Southampton have point to prove ahead of West Ham visit amid Hasenhuttl praise
The Saints’ record against West Ham under Hasenhuttl is incredibly poor. They have taken one point from the six games against the Hammers since his appointment.
So they have a huge point to prove.
Southampton also have a game against Manchester City coming up. So they would love to secure a positive result this weekend.
There are opportunities to get at West Ham. They are yet to keep a clean sheet this term, conceding five goals in three games.
But as Hasenhuttl notes, the Saints are going to need to be at their best defensively if they hope to stop the likes of Antonio.