Michail Antonio says he was shocked to receive West Ham award before Payet

West Ham's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal

The winger was handed the best individual performance award for his showing against Tottenham Hotspur.

West Ham's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal

Michail Antonio has admitted to West Ham’s official website that he was surprised to be awarded the club’s individual performance award ahead of Dimitri Payet.

Antonio enjoyed a fine first season at Upton Park since making the move from Nottingham Forest.

He had started the year on the bench, but broke into the first-team and became a regular in Slaven Bilic’s team before too long.

His displays did not go unnoticed as he earned the praise of the West Ham faithful for his performances.

West Ham's Michail Antonio scores their first goal

One display against Tottenham Hotspur, in which he scored the winning goal, was rewarded with the club’s Best Individual Performance gong in their end of season awards.

But he has admitted that he was surprised to receive the prize ahead of star man Dimitri Payet.

“I was really honoured to pick up that award, especially as it was my first year in the Premier League,” he told whufc.com.

“If I am honest I was not expecting it as I thought Dimitri would have picked up this award. But I am over the moon to have won it and hopefully I can keep moving on.”

West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with West Ham United's Michail Antonio

It will now be interesting to see if Antonio remains in the West Ham first-team next season.

He has been something of a surprise package this past season, with few expecting him to have the impact that he had.

But with the club looking to spend big in the summer improving the squad he could be one that loses his place.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

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