West Ham United star Felipe Anderson has suggested teammate Michail Antonio is the team’s hardest working player.
West Ham have endured a mixed start to 2019.
A win over Arsenal and draw against Liverpool have been obvious highlights.
But the Hammers are without a win in five and were sent crashing out of the FA Cup by League Two bound AFC Wimbledon.
Antonio a microcosm of West Ham’s problems
Inconsistency and injuries have held Manuel Pellegrini’s side back this season.
One man who can relate to both is Antonio.
The former non league star’s swashbuckling displays after signing from Nottingham Forest quickly endeared him to Hammers fans.
But injuries and dips in form have held him back.
Indeed over the summer West Ham were reportedly seriously considering selling Antonio (Sky Sports).
Working hard to turn things around
The powerful attacker has slowly but surely turned things around, though.
And his goal in the recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool was just reward for the selfless hard work he puts in.
That’s according to West Ham’s record signing Felipe Anderson in an interview with West Ham’s official website.
“We are happy, I am happy for Antonio,” Anderson told whufc.com.
“(He is) a player who always works a lot for the team.
Decisive and brave in last two games
“And I’m very happy to have given him that pass (against Liverpool) and that the move worked to perfection.”
Antonio was at it again proving decisive in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
He was as brave as a lion when putting his head on the line and taking a whack from Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita which earned West Ham a penalty.
Mark Noble duly scored and the Hammers took a point home.