Michail Antonio warns West Ham they must keep ‘quality’ Chelsea player quiet on Sunday

West Ham’s Michail Antonio has warned his team they need to watch out for a key Chelsea player this weekend.

Chelsea will host London rival West Ham on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

For the Blues, they are still in the race to finish in European places with four matches remaining in the season. It comes after Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Tottenham 2-0 this week to move up to eighth in the table.

As for ninth-placed West Ham, they are two points behind Chelsea and have struggled to get results of late. In fact, the Hammers have managed just one win in their previous nine matches in all competitions.

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Michail Antonio praises Chelsea star

West Ham striker Michail Antonio, 34, has paid tribute to an upcoming opponent for tomorrow’s game.

He applauded Chelsea talisman Cole Palmer on his stunning debut at Stamford Bridge.

In all honesty, the 21-year-old offensive playmaker has been breathtaking this campaign. He has actually registered 23 goals and 13 assists in 41 appearances for the Blues so far in all competitions.

Asked what has impressed him at Chelsea this season, Antonio told Sky Sports: “Cole Palmer. Obviously he has been quality this season. I scored 20 goals (in the league).

“The crazy thing is we tried to sign him ourselves and Chelsea stole him from us.

“He’s a quality player and he’s doing well… I hope this weekend we can shut him up.”

West Ham almost signed Cole Palmer

It was Chelsea who signed Palmer from Manchester City last summer, which proved to be a stunning deal.

However, he almost ended up in east London.

Karren Brady, the current vice-chairman of West Ham, previously said that David Moyes’ side had agreed a deal to bring Palmer to the London Stadium before Chelsea intervened.

Brady said via The Sun: “Cole (Palmer) is as cool a guy in front of goal as Jimmy Greaves himself. That’s probably why David Moyes tried really hard to sign him. We even did a deal with City until Chelsea rush in.”

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