Kudus has already scored 2 goals in for West Ham in the Europa League despite only playing 2 games.
Jamaican international Michail Antonio is facing serious competition from new signing Mohammed Kudus.
David Moyes, the West Ham coach, started Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen as the main attackers when they faced Freiburg. Moyes named a strong squad for the Europa League game. However, the squad didn’t include Michail Antonio.
Moyes has been taking the competition seriously and it therefore speaks volumes that he decided to drop the 33-year-old Antonio.
This is only Kudus’ second start for his new team and it might put Michail Antonio on notice. Kudus arrived from Ajax FC in the summer transfer window. He came in with a big reputation having recorded 11 goals and 3 assists in the Dutch league. His good form has continued in a Hammers shirt. He has already scored 2 goals in for West Ham in the Europa League despite only playing 2 games.
Bowen played the game as a false-nine while Kudus started the game on the right wing. The game ended with a score-line of 2-1 in favor of West Ham.
The first goal came when Lucas Paquetá put West Ham ahead in the 8th minute. Freiburg responded with a goal from Roland Sallai in the 49th minute. The momentum kept going back and forth but it was the Hammers who found the winner in the 66th minute. The goal went in when defender Nayef Aguerd won a header from a corner-kick situation.
West Ham tried to sign a new striker after after they allowed Gianluca Scammacca to return Italy. They pursued Hugo Ekitike and Luiz Alberto in the latter stages of the last transfer window. The club signed Kudus because he was seen as a versatile player who can play in all attacking positions.
Antonio began the campaign with goals against Brighton and Chelsea. However, he has failed to score in her his last five appearances. In fact, he missed an easy chance in West Ham’s loss to Liverpool after he boasting that his team is better on his podcast.
West Ham is likely to be looking for a new striker in January or in the next transfer window. The competition in attacking positions should be a wake-up call for Antonio to add more goals to his game. He has never scored more than 10 goals in the premier league despite playing as a striker.