Kurt Zouma has praised Michail Antonio, while speaking with the Evening Standard, noting that the West Ham United star has got ‘everything’ you need in a Premier League striker.
Zouma believes Antonio offers David Moyes the complete package at the London Stadium with his wealth of attributes. The Frenchman has gone from the forward’s foe with Chelsea to his teammate this summer. Completing a £30m move from Stamford Bridge in August.
Antonio had faced Zouma three times in the top-flight before the centre-half joined him at West Ham. But the 31-year-old never got the better of Zouma personally, failing to score on each occasion. The Irons also only beat Zouma once, while on loan at Everton in 2019.
Zouma and Antonio have enjoyed a far stronger time on the field together since becoming West Ham teammates. Moyes’ men have only lost one of their four games when they have been on the pitch together so far. Antonio has also scored twice over those appearances.
Moyes will hope Antonio can extend his record and Zouma helps keep a clean sheet when West Ham host Tottenham. Spurs visit the London Stadium on Sunday, seeking revenge for February’s 2-1 defat to the Irons while under Jose Mourinho.
Antonio form no surprise for Zouma at West Ham
Antonio scored the opening goal of the London derby in February before Jesse Lingard hit the net in the 47th-minute. And Zouma is not surprised to see Antonio has scored six and assisted three goals in nine of West Ham’s fixtures in all competitions so far this season.
“He is very difficult to handle,” Zouma said. “He is a top striker. He’s got everything – fast, accurate, dangerous, good on the ball, good finisher. He can hold the ball very well [and] his movements are good. I mean a top striker at the minute – and you can see he is flying.”
Antonio started the season on fire with four goals and three assists in West Ham’s opening three Premier League fixtures. But the Jamaica international has only fired home one in his last four top-flight outings. Although netting once and assisting once in two Europa League games during the £70k-a-week ace’s comparable domestic drought in front of the goal.