Michail Antonio is simply two targets wanting Paolo Di Canio’s West Ham file of 47 Premier League targets, and just one shy of membership legend Mark Noble’s 46.
Not unhealthy going for a man who has solely performed as a striker for the previous two seasons.
Antonio was seen as a utility man for the Hammers till David Moyes’ stroke of genius to transfer him up entrance completely.
Under former Hammers supervisor, Slaven Bilic, Antonio actually was the person to fill in any place wanted with the Croatian even claiming he may develop into a common right-back for the crew.
“He may be a nice right-back like Antonio Valencia of Manchester United,” Bilic as soon as stated of Antonio.
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To have gone from doubtlessly the membership’s everlasting right-back to simply three targets wanting turning into West Ham’s all-time high Premier League goalscorer is sort of the achievement.
It feels simply a matter of time earlier than the 31-year-old nets his forty sixth Hammers purpose to pull stage with Noble and finally rating the three wanted to overtake the mercurial Di Canio, and Antonio can barely imagine he’s on the verge of Hammers history.
“I’ve been right here for six years now and performed right-back, on the wing, left-back… a lot of positions!” Antonio informed the membership web site.
“For two seasons now, I’ve been a striker, and for somebody who’s not likely had a lot of a chance being up entrance, to say I may develop into the all-time high Premier League goalscorer, in the quantity of video games I’ve performed there, is simply unbelievable.
“There are some superb strikers and a few superb names in that record. For me to develop into our all-time high Premier League goalscorer can be a nice achievement.
“That’s the kind of factor I like, making history… and it could simply add to my record!”
It shouldn’t be the one history Antonio is aiming to make with West Ham, with three video games to go the striker believes the Hammers nonetheless have a shot at ending in the top-four spots this season.
“We imagine that, coming into these final three matches, they’re must-win video games for us as a result of, mathematically, we’re not dominated out of the Champions League and are in a good place to get into Europe,” he stated.
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“Obviously, we wish to end the season on a excessive as a result of it’s been an unbelievable one, so we’d like to be skilled till the tip.”
The first of these three remaining video games comes on Saturday night towards Brighton, earlier than a journey to West Brom on Wednesday and eventually a dwelling match towards Southampton in entrance of 10,000 Hammers followers on Sunday, May 23.