Joleon Lescott claims West Ham striker Michail Antonio could ‘destroy’ Leeds United during Monday’s Premier League clash.
The Whites travel to the London Stadium looking to avenge the 2-1 loss to the Hammers earlier in the season.
Former Manchester City defender Lescott claims the Irons’ star man could provide a rude awakening to Marcelo Bielsa’s men if he is granted space to run into.
“I think the game against Leeds could play into the hands of Antonio,” Lescott told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme.
“If you give him big spaces to run into and isolate defenders against him one v one, he can destroy people.
“If Leeds go into this game thinking ‘one v one our players are better than yours’, that could come with a rude awakening.”
Antonio has seven Premier League goals to his name this season with two of those coming in his last two outings.
We have been guilty of slack defending at times this season and opposition sides know there is room to be exploited in our defence.
The Hammers are fighting for a top-four spot for a reason and Monday’s game will be a challenge for our backline.
The thought of Michail Antonio baring down on Illan Meslier’s net is not a comforting one and the potential is there for us to concede a few.
It may be slightly extreme to declare that Antonio could ‘destroy’ our defence on his own, he is a good striker but his goal record isn’t comparable to that of Mo Salah or even our very own Patrick Bamford.
The forward has failed to score more than one goal in a game this season despite his decent return so if we do get beaten it won’t be down to just him.
And therein lies the danger for Bielsa, the Hammers have plenty of quality players and we will have our work cut out on Monday if we are to get a positive result.
In other Leeds United news, our opposition Super Fan has given us his verdict on Monday’s fixture.