West Ham United have been handed a massive boost ahead of their return to Premier League action after the international break…
What’s the latest?
Michail Antonio was called up to the Jamaica national side for the very first time this week and had been set to miss some of the Irons’ matches later this month.
However, The Daily Mail report that he will only play for the country once during this coming week, meaning he will not have to quarantine and miss crucial fixtures against Manchester United, Southampton as well as their first Europa League group stage match.
The 31-year-old will not fly out for Jamaica’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica and will just be made available for their home game against Panama this Sunday.
Antonio has started the 2021/22 season on fire.
Indeed, he currently sits top of the goalscoring charts across the entire division on four goals, whilst also providing three assists, too. He also has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the top-flight, having managed to find the net every 67 minutes so far this campaign.
The Hammers favourite also ended last season as their top joint-goalscorer with ten goals, despite only starting 24 of their 38 league games. And this highlights two crucial things.
Firstly, Antonio is absolutely imperative to David Moyes’ success this season. When he does play, he’s a regular source of goals and a very big nuisance against many an opposition defence.
So not only will Antonio be available for the Premier League’s return as he will not have to quarantine, but he will also lessen the risk of picking up a knock or something much more severe because he’s playing once, rather than three times this week.
The east Londoners are currently unbeaten from their first three matches and face Southampton on their return on September 11th. Then, there’s the small matter of Dinamo Zagreb and a Manchester United side that could contain Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside Raphael Varane and co, too.
Therefore, this latest update should leave much of the Irons faithful absolutely buzzing heading into next week. They will look a much stronger side with him in, that’s for sure.