Antonio wants his place in history

antonioMichail Antonio has a very simple philosophy this FA Cup day:  “If you win the FA Cup, your name is on that plaque for ever. You can say: “I’ve done that”.

‘You finish fourth and get in the Champions League and that’s great but if you don’t get in next year, you’re forgotten. That’s how I see it. It’s better to be remembered isn’t it?'”

Speaking to Sportsmail he said: ‘I’m a person who thinks it’s better to have a place in history rather than just a place for a year.’

It’s a belief that reflects his manager who famously held an imaginary FA Cup aloft earlier in the campaign making it clear he wanted it more than the Champions League and reducing a press conference to helpless laughter.

Antonio offer something uniquely different to the Irons side and admits:’I’m different to all the Academy players. They’re all trained a certain way. They all kind of play the same way.

‘I won’t know until a second before I’ve got the ball what I’m going to do. But if I don’t know what I’m going to do, the defender is not going to know what I’m doing either.

‘And if I lose the ball once, that’s not going to deter me the next time. I’m still going to run at you again. I’m going to run at you until I beat you.

‘That’s my thought and to score more is the plan. I keep planning ahead and thinking of my next celebration.

‘I think that if you look forward and see things happening then they will come true.’


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

5 comments on “Antonio wants his place in history

  1. I love this guy

  2. Its true oppossing teams dont know what he is going to do or how to stop him doing it most times but his team mates do know give him the ball on the wing or in the box and he work his socks of to get the ball in the net. A superb member of our squad 🙂

  3. He is on the same run Sak had last year and is a good bet to score today where ever he plays,
    You have to admire any player from his background who is not so gifted as some,
    He will be a big part of our future side and his energy is infectious,
    Just wish Moses would take a long look at him and think,because with his ability if he added the effort and energy of Antonio he would be a world beater,

  4. this guy has two of the greatest attributes of all. Persistence and determination. And it helps that he’s a nice guy.

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