David Gold sends heartfelt message to West Ham’s Michail Antonio

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Antonio has struggled for game time with West Ham this season.

Michail Antonio has struggled at West Ham since moving from Nottingham Forest over the summer, but David Gold sent him a heartfelt message on Twitter praising his attitude.

Antonio arrived at the Boleyn Ground with the reputation as one of the best players in the Championship, but has struggled to have an impact with the Hammers due to the great form of the players ahead of him.

Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have all excelled this term in the attacking midfield positions, meaning Antonio has played just 30 minutes of Premier League action.

He has appeared for West Ham’s Under-21s, but he has had to sit on the sidelines waiting for senior action that Slaven Bilic has yet to hand to him.

The 25-year-old has undoubted talent, but it is clear that Bilic does not believe he is yet ready to make an impact in the top flight, and it is hard to imagine Antonio being given a chance any time soon.

However, Antonio has continued to work hard in training and look to impress Bilic, and co-chairman David Gold has praised the winger for his attitude and the work ethic he has shown in recent months.

If Antonio continues work hard in training, there is hope that he will be given a chance to impress in the first-team in the coming weeks.

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