West Ham star Michail Antonio challenged to hit landmark goals tally after Romelu Lukaku comparison

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West Ham manager David Moyes has challenged Michial Antonio to hit 20 Premier League goals this season.

Antonio has started the season in red hot form with five goals in five League games while no top tier player has been directly involved in more than the 31-year-old's 10 (six goals, four assists) across all competitions so far this term.

However, the Jamaica international has never bagged more than 10 goals in a Premier League season and if the Hammers are to continue to challenge at the top of the table this year Moyes knows they need a centre-forward who can stay fit and deliver impressive numbers.

The Hammers face Brentford at the London Stadium this weekend and after Bees boss Thomas Frank compared Antonio to Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku, Moyes challenged his striker to step up.

"It's really important that we do get a striker who contributes those figures if we can because your goals will definitely get us up nearer the top," said Moyes.

"Mich's winning goal in the 90th minute [vs Leeds] the other day was magic for us and you need a centre-forward [capable of that].

"You see [Cristiano] Ronaldo do it for Manchester United and what it can do to your football club and to your team, how it lifts us, it gave us an incredible lift coming away from Leeds with three points.

"I think it's a challenge for Mich to get 20 goals, I think he should be putting it down, it's something that he should be attempting to get to. It's certainly not beyond him. I think being fit and available gives him a better chance of getting there and I do think that he's in good condition. I still think we'll manage him the best we can.

"I think the challenge to Mich would be to sit down and say look, 'can you get to that?'. I think he got 10 last year and I think the first challenge would be to say, 'come on, you've got to get more than 10 right away', that would be the first thing, not to look too far ahead, let's try and get 10 as quickly as you can and then let's see what you can do after that."

Ahead of Sunday's London derby, Brentford boss Frank said of Antonio: "We faced them in a friendly and I just said to Antonio after the game - he's such a handful - I said: 'You're going to score 20-plus this season'. If he's avoiding injuries 100 per cent.

"He's a handful, very, very difficult. He's a little bit like Lukaku in terms of the power and the speed but also a very good finisher."

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