Jamie Redknapp praises unnoticed Michail Antonio, claims he's dangerous and unpredictable

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp has hailed West Ham star Michail Antonio.

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he thinks West Ham winger Michail Antonio has been the 'beast' to Dimitri Payet's 'beauty' this season.

The Hammers enjoyed another great weekend, as Antonio's first-half goal gave West Ham a 1-0 win over Sunderland, taking them temporarily up to fifth place until Manchester United's win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Slaven Bilic has enjoyed an outstanding first season in charge of the club, leading the side to just six defeats - only the top two teams, Leicester and Tottenham, have lost fewer games than the Hammers this term.

Playmaker Dimitri Payet has stolen the headlines this season, but winger Antonio is now starting to receive the praise he deserves for his recent performances.

A deadline day signing from Nottingham Forest back in September, 25-year-old wide man Antonio only made his first league start in December, but has now hit four goals and two assists in his first ever Premier League campaign.

Antonio is another player to have eventually stepped up from non-league to Premier League, having initially started out with Tooting and Mitcham, and now pundit Jamie Redknapp has praised the powerful, pacey winger.

Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Antonio's performances have gone unnoticed due to Payet's exploits, but suggested the duo are a 'beauty and the beast' double act at Upton Park.

Redknapp also added that Antonio is dangerous and unpredictable, stating that the former Reading man brings a 'chaos factor' to West Ham's team.

"We’ve all been so taken by Dimitri Payet’s fine performances for West Ham this season that Michail Antonio has almost gone unnoticed," said Redknapp. "They couldn’t be more different — they are like beauty and the beast — but Antonio is having some impact. He is not easy on the eye but he doesn’t half put a shift in. You only need to look at his goal against Liverpool at the start of February. He won the ball at one end before running the length of the pitch to score at the other."

"There’s no doubt Payet has been the catalyst for West Ham this season but sometimes you need some power to balance all those tricks and flicks. Antonio is so strong and he has had quite a different route to the Premier League. He began in non-League football and has certainly been around the block. His career path means he hasn’t been coached in an academy but if anything that makes him dangerous because he is unpredictable."

"He has that chaos factor — he is capable of doing something different and it’s hard for the opposition to know what he will do next. I bet sometimes even Antonio doesn’t know what he’s going to do! He has fought hard to earn his way to the top. He looks like he’s enjoying every second of it," he added.

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