Antonio wants to set new record
Michail Antonio would love to enter the record books for a different reason this season as he looks to help West Ham challenge in the top half of the table.
Antonio started the season in impressive fashion scoring five goals in just four games which saw him earn a call-up to the England squad.
The 26-year-old certainly showed his aerial qualities as they were all headed goals and he was desperately unlucky not to make it six against Stoke in the last game when his close-range effort took a slight touch off Glenn Whelan and flew into the corner of the net.
With the Premier League record for headed goals being nine by Everton forward Duncan Ferguson, Antonio is not far away from overtaking that impressive feat.
Antonio said: “Why can't that be a target that I look to break?
“It’s still a long season ahead so you never know, hopefully I’ll get some more chances.
“I’ve got other priorities that I’ve set myself, but obviously I’d love to beat that record. I’ll keep putting myself in that position so we’ll have to wait and see.
“When I was younger I couldn’t head the ball to save my life! When I was at Sheffield Wednesday I kept getting opportunities because I have a good leap but it was something I worked on in training. It’s something I’ve worked hard on and now I’m reaping the benefits.
“I always set myself targets – getting an England call up was definitely one of them. I never sit on my laurels, if I hit one target I’m always focused on the next straight away. I feel I can get better so I’m going to keep pushing.”
I’d love to beat that record. I’ll keep putting myself in that position so we’ll have to wait and see.
Antonio was the match-winner the last time West Ham faced Tottenham and he would love to get on the scoresheet once again and help the Hammers record another memorable victory.
The Hammers winger knows it will not be an easy task as Spurs are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, but feels the recent four match unbeaten shows they have the quality to move clear of the bottom three.
Antonio added: “We’ve had some good results in recent weeks so hopefully we can continue that and pick up the three points on Saturday.
“We’ve got a hard run coming up, but we don’t worry about the opposition, we just concentrate on ourselves.
“Tottenham have started the season very well. They’ve been missing a few key players, but their main man Harry Kane is back now after injury. However, they haven’t won in seven games so I think we’ve got the beating of them.
“We still have memories of what we did last year. We have got roughly the same squad and we haven’t really lost anyone so we have the same ability to do what we did last year. It’s just about going out there and doing it.”