Stuart Pearce raves about West Ham United player who has 'come on leaps and bounds'
Stuart Pearce has told TalkSPORT that Michail Antonio has improved considerably during his time at West Ham.
The England legend took the speed demon to Forest from Sheffield Wednesday in 2015.
He proved a revelation at the City Ground, scoring 19 goals and claiming 15 assists in just over a year at the club.
Antonio then swapped the banks of the River Trent for the East End of London and it’s a move that he’s relished.
He has really kicked on under David Moyes and is now West Ham’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League era.
Pearce has raved about the 31-year-old and thinks it’s clear for all to see that he’s kicked on this season.
The West Ham coach told TalkSPORT: “He’s improved, I took him at Forest and he’s improved no end I think under David’s tutelage. His game has come on leaps and bounds and the way we hand his physicality has changed.
“It’s the consistency we have to keep niggling away at but as you say he’s a real threat with his pace and power.”
Antonio has started the 2021/22 campaign in flying form. His goal in Saturday’s win over Leeds was his sixth of the campaign in all competitions.
It’s perhaps a shame he’s committed to play for Jamaica; as Gareth Southgate would surely be weighing him up for an England shout right now.
Key for West Ham is keeping Antonio fit
Last January some eyebrows were raised when Moyes chose not to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller who joined Ajax.
During the summer, the club once again chose not to sign a striker, instead placing their faith in Antonio as their sole striker.
As a result, it’s paramount that West Ham do all they can to preserve Antonio’s fitness and have him available for as many games as possible.
The experienced performer is perhaps something of a late bloomer, but he’s loving life at West Ham right now.