Michail Antonio joined West Ham in the summer of 2015 from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be worth just £7 million, according to BBC Sport.

The powerful winger has gone on to establish himself as a real fan favourite in east London.

Antonio has racked up 28 goals and 18 assists in 132 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers.

He is a tireless worker, possess blistering pace and has precocious power.

The 29-year-old offers Manuel Pellegrini something that he doesn’t otherwise possess in his squad.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Incredible value for money

The £7 million that West Ham paid Forest for Antonio’s services four years ago now seems like an unbelievable bargain for the east London outfit.

In today’s market, that fee is mere pocket change. And it could be argued that the Hammers ace is now worth at least three times that amount.

 

He is currently out injured, and it is clear to see just how much West Ham miss him.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Antonio’s ability to run in behind provides the Hammers with the opportunity to stretch the opposition, and therefore making more space for their creative midfielders to flourish.

The Englishman is not the most graceful of runners, nor is he the most skilful, but when he plays, he always provides West Ham with a real threat what with his direct playing style.

The biggest compliment we can give the winger is that the Hammers just don’t seem as dangerous when he is not playing.

Pellegrini will be praying that Antonio recovers quickly from his hamstring injury because he is, without doubt, one of West Ham’s most important players.

And the £7 million that the east Londoners paid for his services in 2015 now looks like truly exceptional business.

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