West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters after his side’s fine 3-1 win away at Watford yesterday. And he absolutely raved about Michail Antonio’s performance.
The powerful winger came on in place of Andriy Yarmolenko as a 55th minute substitute, and he made an instant impact for the Hammers.
West Ham looked like a different team straight away. They had more energy and power down the right-hand flank, and Antonio, 29, was a constant menace to the Watford defenders.
The former Nottingham Forest man has now staked a real claim to be involved from the start against Newport County on Tuesday and Norwich City next Saturday.
And Pellegrini absolutely raved about Antonio, when speaking to reporters after the game yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:
“Yes. When he came in, he completely changed the game. Sometimes when you are a substitute you think that you will come on and change the game or you might not be happy for not playing many minutes. I think Antonio had the first attitude, he changed absolutely the game.”
The 29-year-old has always given 100 per cent for West Ham, since moving to east London in the summer of 2015.
He really does give the Hammers something extra, and most fans will agree that Pellegrini’s side look a lot more threatening when he is in the team.
West Ham have made a decent start to their 2019/20 Premier League campaign, and two wins over the course of the next week would see them head into the international break in fine spirits.