Sky Sports expert suggests what Antonio needs to succeed in Premier League

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Michail Antonio joined West Ham United from Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe suggested on Sky Sports on Friday morning that it is not a guarantee that Michail Antonio will be a success in the Premier League.

Antonio joined London outfit West Ham from Championship side Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old winger was one of the best players in the Championship last season, and he will be expected to hit the ground running at the Hammers.

Former Wednesday defender Hinchcliffe rates Antonio highly, but he has suggested that it could take him some time to adapt to the Premier League.

"Michail Antonio is a powerhouse as he can play as a wide player, he can play as a centre-forward, but he is better coming in from the flanks,” the 46-year-old said on Sky Sports on Friday morning.

“He can bulldoze his way through people, he is strong, he has pace, he can finish, but again the step-up to the Premier League is big.

“It’s whether he has got the brains and the movement off the ball as well. It is not all about physicality in the Premier League, but he is a very good signing for West Ham.”

Antonio could make his debut for West Ham this evening when they take on Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground.

The former Wednesday winger scored 14 goals and created 62 chances in 46 Championship games for Forest during the 2014-15 campaign.

The 25-year-old had a pass accuracy of 60% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and won 151 headers, 104 dribbles and 42 tackles.

Antonio scored two goals and created nine chances in four Championship matches for Forest this campaign before his move to West Ham in the summer transfer window.

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