Antonio, 25, arrived at the City Ground last summer, signing from Sheffield Wednesday, and he has told Forest Player that this season has surpassed his expectations.
When asked if he thought his season would go as well as it has, Antonio replied: ‘No, not really.
“It’s one of those things where I come out and try my hardest, and whatever happens at the outcome of the season, happens. I’ve managed to get the best season of my career so far. The most assists I’ve ever got, the most goals I’ve ever got. And the most games I’ve ever got.”
It has certainly been a career defining season for Antonio, with his 45 games bringing 14 goals and 14 assists, and Forest’s Player of the Year award.
The winger started the season in fine form, and although he dropped off at the same time as Forest started to stutter in the race for the play-offs, the 25-year-old picked up the goalscoring mantle from Britt Assombalonga when the latter was struck down with injury.
Although Dougie Freedman’ men missed out on the play-off places, Antonio’s haul of goals and assists is the kind of form that should see Forest challenge at the top end of the table next season.
Admittedly, being his best season ever, he will have to match that form as Forest’s key man, and he may need to up his goal tally further if Freedman cannot bring in a consistent goalscorer with Assombalonga set to miss a large portion of next season.
Regardless of how his next campaign progresses, Antonio’s campaign will live long in the memory of Forest fans, as he single-handedly wowed audiences at the City Ground with consistent displays of pace, power and undoubted talent.