Antonio - The best is yet to come

Michail Antonio has relished his first season in the Premier League and believes the best is yet to come as the Hammers prepare for a historic move into the new Stadium during the summer.

Antonio was forced to wait patiently for his chance but he never looked back after coming on as a first half substitute during the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford back in December.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals for the Hammers and has produced some memorable celebrations along the way.

Antonio was on the scoresheet once again during the final game against Stoke on Sunday, but his side failed to hold onto their early lead and were unable to take anything from the Britannia Stadium.

But despite the disappointment of missing out on a top six finish, Antonio feels the team should still be proud of what they have achieved and hopes to be celebrating a place in the Europa League next season.

Antonio said: “I thought we were all over them during the first half and we should have killed the game off but we didn't manage to.

“When you play in the Premier League every team has quality and they managed to get back into the game and come away with the three points.

“In the second half we had even more opportunities but it wasn't our day. We finished in seventh place and we would have taken that at the start of the season.

“We just want to push on now and hopefully we can build on this for next year. This season will be remembered by a lot of fans and it is only going to get better!

“I will definitely be watching the FA Cup Final and hope we can get into Europe if United win. I am sure all the players will be buzzing if we can do that.

“We have had a great season and that would be a great way to top it off and reward what we have done this year.”

Antonio always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and got his wish when he secured a big money move from Nottingham Forest last summer.

The talented winger is now hoping he can grow even stronger when the club move into the new Stadium and hopes to enjoy even more success next season.

Antonio added: “I have really enjoyed my first season in the Premier League and to score nine goals has been fantastic.

“I have been able to score a lot of them playing at right back so I could have had even more.

“I have taken things in my stride and hopefully next year I can build on it.”