James Collins praises West Ham winger Michail Antonio's tremendous performance against Stoke

Michail Antonio has struggled for appearances during his time at West Ham United so far.

James Collins has told West Ham United’s official website that he felt Michail Antonio was tremendous in his side’s match against Stoke City at the weekend.

Antonio has struggled for appearances since moving to Upton Park from Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window, but he was handed a start against the Potters and seized it wholeheartedly.

West Ham have a number of key attacking players out injured currently, but Antonio’s performance impressed Collins.

“Enner [Valencia] is back and Manu [Manuel Lanzini] is not that far away which is a big boost,” he said. “But the players who have come in have done a great job and I thought Michail Antonio was tremendous on Saturday. That is why the owners spent the money to give us a big squad and that is what we have got.”

Despite Antonio’s excellence in West Ham’s match against Stoke, he was unable to help them get on the score-sheet.

The Hammers drew 0-0 with Mark Hughes' men in front of their own supporters, and it means that they have now not won any of their last six matches.

West Ham’s dip in form has seen them fall down the Premier League table and they are now in eighth place in the standings.

Slaven Bilic’s side’s next match comes against a struggling Swansea City side and they will be keen to get back to winning ways to ensure that they remain in contention to claim a European spot come May.

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