Michail Antonio admits doing extra training to ensure he made the grade at West Ham United

Michail Antonio celebrates with Mark Noble after scoring the second goal for West Ham

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio made 26 appearances last season.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

Michail Antonio has revealed to the London Evening Standard that he has stayed behind after training sessions to ensure that he made the grade at West Ham United.

Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest last summer, and Slaven Bilic initially appeared to have reservations over utilising the powerful wide-man in his first-team.

West Ham's Michail Antonio scores their first goal

However, after a series of injuries struck in December 2015, Antonio was thrusted into the Hammers’ starting line-up and he has not looked back since.

The 26-year-old went on to make 26 appearances in the Premier League, but he admits that he is working hard on the training ground to make sure that he continues to improve.

“It’s basically just hard work and dedication. I’m still staying after training, doing extra bits, always pushing myself, trying to make myself better," he said. 

Antonio is naturally a winger, but he was regularly used on the right-hand side of West Ham’s defence last season.

Michail Antonio scores the second goal for West Ham

Even so, the former Forest man ended the campaign with eight goals and his work-rate caught the eye of the Hammers faithful.

Antonio now looks set to play an important role for West Ham next season, as they plan their move to the Olympic Stadium.

Bilic’s side are set to move into their new home at the start of next campaign, and Antonio admits that it will be strange playing away from Upton Park.

“It’s going to be weird at first, moving to a new ground, but I reckon we can make it our home,” he concluded.

West Ham's Michail Antonio scores their first goal

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