Garth Crooks raved about West Ham ace Michail Antonio, when writing his weekly column for BBC Sport.

The 29-year-old was in scintillating form for the Hammers against Southampton on Saturday, and he was a constant menace to the Saints’ backline.

Antonio scored a goal and chalked up an assist against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

The powerful attacker joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 for around £7 million (BBC).

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And he has gone on to rack up 30 goals and 21 assists in 144 games for the east London outfit since then (Transfermarkt).

Antonio is a real fan favourite at the London Stadium. When he is on song and firing on all cylinders, he truly is a sight to behold.

And Crooks explained why the 29-year-old is so vital to West Ham, when writing his weekly column for BBC Sport:

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“It might be only his second goal of the season but Antonio’s work rate and general contributions to West Ham’s victory over Southampton was vital. What this lad lacks in finesse, he more than makes up for in sheer determination.”

West Ham are outside the bottom three after Saturday’s win over Southampton. But the really hard work starts now.

If Antonio can continue his excellent form between now and the end of the season, the Hammers will have a great chance of staying up.

And if all of the West Ham players were as committed as the 29-year-old, they certainly wouldn’t be in the predicament that they are currently in.

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