Michail Antonio revelation
The 25-year-old moved to Premier League outfit West Ham from Championship side Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day.
The Englishman has played for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Southampton (on loan), but it could have turned out differently.
Antonio, who was one of the best players in the Championship last season, has revealed that he could have moved to Tottenham when he was 14 years of age.
“When I was 14 I had a trial for Tottenham,” Antonio told The Sun. “They were thinking of signing me but my mum said no. She said education comes first.
“You couldn’t imagine how I felt. I was crying and all sorts. But it was one of those things. I had to travel to north London every night and I would get home at midnight.
“I then had school the next day, so she said ‘No it’s not doable’. If it was a south London club, she might have agreed.”
Early team news
Antonio will be looking to make his debut for West Ham when the London outfit return to Premier League action this evening.
Slaven Bilic’s side will take on struggling Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground and will be determined to pick up all three points.
SPIEGEL (GK) TOMKINS or JENKINSON N JELAVIC V MOSES M ANTONIO J COLLINS A CARROLL This could be our bench against Newcastle. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) September 13, 2015
It will be interesting to see who Slaven selects to play at Right Back. dg https://t.co/nRdUFtQL7Z— David Gold (@davidgold) September 13, 2015