Michail Antonio has rapidly set about turning a forgettable season into a memorable one at West Ham, and it doesn’t get any more remarkable than writing yourself into the history books.
Initially, this term, with the arrival of record signing Sebastien Haller for company, Antonio struggled to exercise an impact on proceedings, and he scored just once in his first 13 matches of the campaign. But of late the 30-year-old has shouldered the Irons’ survival bid, scoring seven Premier League goals in his last eight appearances, to earn this side ten points.
He just keeps on writing his name into the history books! 📚
🎙 Today’s Man of the Match has his say… pic.twitter.com/1WcjOsRxmb
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 11, 2020
Many fans have applauded his efforts during the season’s run-in, and some believe the forward to be a prime contender for the Hammer of the Year award if he can add to his eight goals, and as the Irons’ top scorer, it is hard to disagree. Meanwhile, ten top-flight strikes would also eclipse his personal best of nine in 2016/17, when he previously won the Hammer of the Year award.
Hammer of the year if he get to 10 goals love him get him a new contract West Ham
— paul davis (@daviduaregod) July 11, 2020
Aside from his exemplary commitment on the field, numerous supporters also noted how genuine and down to earth the Englishman appeared off the pitch, which no doubt adds to his reputation as a fan favourite amongst the Hammers faithful.
Seems such a genuine lovely bloke, can’t help but like him
— terry felstead (@terencefelstead) July 11, 2020
Genuine fella. Couldn’t be more pleased for him.
— Tony Bubbles (@TonyF147) July 11, 2020
Another fan reminded others of an alternative record Antonio set against rivals Tottenham Hotspur back in April last year, which undoubtedly further endeared him to supporters and produced a memorable celebration.
Don’t forgot about being the first away goalscorer at the Totte*ham Hotsp*r stadium 😉
— Ironwork Tours (@IronworkTours) July 11, 2020
Antonio’s work rate was commended by several fans as well, a critical attribute of his game which has drawn praise from fellow professionals and pundits in the past.
Absolutely love this. Top player, absolute handful. Brilliant stuff.
— Patrick (@nogeye1) July 11, 2020
With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, some even suggested he should be allowed to decide when his deal at the London Stadium expires. Antonio has spent five years in East London but has previously expressed a desire that he’d like to retire with the Hammers.
How can you not like this guy? Should get a contract until he retires, great attitude and a great worker
— Boris (@AlfieJohnson7) July 11, 2020
One supporter may have even got a little carried away after the Irons equalled their biggest win of the season, suggesting Antonio could cut the mustard in the Champions League if given a chance.
— Whole load of Bull (@SRBull47) July 11, 2020