Antonio drops massive hint on his future

HOTYMichail Antonio went one step better than last season when being crowned Hammer of the Year last night.

Antonio, who has scored nine goals and registered five assists in 37 appearances, won 47 per cent of the vote, with Manuel Lanzini finishing as runner-up with 21 per cent, and Pedro Obiang third with 14 per cent.

And he have a massive hint that he intends remaining at the club by declaring: “It’s just a great feeling and hopefully I can do it again!

“I’m extremely grateful to the fans who voted for me because they have been to home and away games, week-in, week-out, so for them to give this Award to me has left me so overwhelmed and buzzing.

“It’s crazy because I’ve only been in the Premier League for two years and last year I came runner-up and this year I’ve won it, so hopefully I can keep going, keep pushing on and keep doing what I’m doing.

“I have to say my England call-up was a massive highlight and winning Hammer of the Year is amazing because it’s come from the fans, who can be our biggest critics.”

Antonio was one of a host of winners at the 2016/17 Player Awards and Lanzini lifted the Players’ Player of the Year honour, Andy Carroll netted the Goal of the Season against Crystal Palace, while Darren Randolph’s fingertip stop to deny Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson scooped the Save of the Season award.

James Collins’ display in the 1-0 win over Swansea City won the Best Individual Performance trophy, while the 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Chelsea at London Stadium was the Best Team Performance.

Signing of the Season went to Edimilson Fernandes, while Young Hammer of the Year was Declan Rice and Domingos Quina won the Dylan Tombides Award.

Finally, the late, great Bobby Moore OBE was recognised with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.



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