Michail Antonio Signs On At West Ham

Michail Antonio, West Ham. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Michail Antonio, West Ham. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

West Ham have confirmed that Michail Antonio has signed a new two-year extension to his contract at the club.

Signed from Nottingham Forest for £7 million in September 2015 Michail Antonio has become a hero at West Ham. The 30-year-old has played in many positions for the Hammers as he has shown his devotion to the club. From right-back to the winger and now the striker position, Antonio has been a crucial player for the Hammers in the last five-years.

Antonio has scored forty-one goals and provided twenty-two assists for the Hammers in 161 appearances. The forward has scored some memorable West Ham goals including winners against Tottenham Hotspur, one of the last goals at the Boyeln Ground and the first Premier League goal at the London Stadium.

It is this year that fans have seen the best of Antonio. Since the start of Project, Restart Antonio has become a different beast, scoring eleven goals in sixteen games, including three goals in seven appearances this season. The goals scored towards the tail end of last season are what managed to keep West Ham in the Premier League.

Despite being one of the top goalscorers for the club, this season Antonio is currently sidelined with another hamstring injury. Being this injury-prone is probably what has limited the length of Antonio’s new contract to only two years. The Englishman is believed to have wanted a slightly longer contract but understands the club’s position.

Antonio wants to retire at West Ham and is certainly a big step on the way to that target. At the end of his new contract, Antonio will be 33-years-old. That age is daunting when a players style is similar to that of Antonio.

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But for now, Antonio is comfortable knowing that when he is fit that he will be the club’s first-choice striker. Sebastien Haller has provided competition, but even a £45 million striker hasn’t been able to keep Antonio out of the team.