Marcus Bent has exclusively told Football FanCast that Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are the “backbone” of West Ham’s team amid their recent double setback.
Rice, whose recently been wearing the armband in the absence of Mark Noble, is the heartbeat of the Hammers midfield alongside Tomas Soucek, whilst only the Czech Republic international has scored more than Antonio this season (7).
However, following on from Rice’s knee problem which is expected to keep sidelined for around four weeks, Antonio’s campaign might be over completely having sustained a hamstring injury during their victory at Wolves on Monday.
West Ham boss David Moyes said that Antonio “didn’t feel too bad” after the game at Molineux, although scans has revealed that Antonio’s hamstring is worse than first feared – with the former the Sheffield Wednesday man set to spend around four to six weeks on the sidelines in what’s quickly turned into a wretched week for the European hopefuls.
With Sebastien Haller sold to Ajax in January, the Hammers have no other senior striker in their squad, and Bent told Football FanCast that it’s going to be difficult for them:
“He’s their only recognised striker at the moment. Personally he’s doing well, so to get an injury at this crucial time in the season is a big blow to West Ham and himself.
“Two players going missing that are kind of the backbone of the team, it’s going to be hard for them.
“Football has a way of hitting you in the back of the head when you’re least expecting it. They’ve got players in there.”