David Sullivan praises Michail Antonio's performance at right-back against Blackburn

The summer signing is proving to be one of West Ham United's most important players.

West Ham United joint chairman David Sullivan has been speaking to the club’s official website about summer signing Michail Antonio.

The former Nottingham Forest winger had to wait patiently for his chance after arriving at Upton Park, but now he is one of the first names on the team sheet due to his great form in recent months.

Antonio arrived in London with a reputation for scoring and creating on a regular basis, so it came as quite a surprise when he was overlooked time and again, featuring just once from the bench in West Ham’s first nine league matches.

That soon changed and he has now scored four goals and provided two assists in 18 appearances for the Hammers, his versatility coming to the fore on Sunday when he played at right-back in the FA Cup fifth round clash with Blackburn Rovers.

West Ham won that match 5-1 but while Dimitri Payet and Emmanuel Emenike took the headlines Antonio excelled in his new position.

That is something Sullivan noticed and speaking to whufc.com he said, “I must also say a word about Michail Antonio who was asked to play out of position at right-back but he showed his versatility and was a constant threat to the Blackburn defence.

“He was also unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet but he played his part in the goal for Emenike and showed why he is such an important member of the first-team squad.”

Next up for West Ham is a league game against Sunderland and it will be interesting to see if Antonio continues at right-back or if recent addition Sam Byram takes up that position.

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