- Michail Antonio named whufc.com Player of the Month after outstanding August
- Winger took 57 percent of the fan vote
- Youngster Antonio Martinez wins Goal of the Month for stunning strike at Coventry City
Michail Antonio and Antonio Martinez are the Hammers’ first Player and Goal of the Month award winners of the season.
The pair were both clear winners in the fan votes for August on whufc.com, with Antonio taking 57 percent of the vote for Player of the Month and Martinez 44 percent in the Goal of the Month poll for his stunner in the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Coventry City.
Antonio’s honour was richly deserved after the 26-year-old made a huge impact in August, scoring the Club’s first Premier League goal at London Stadium – and a late winner at that against AFC Bournemouth – and heading home from Arthur Masuaku’s cross at Manchester City.
His form was also recognised by new England manager Sam Allardyce, who called him up for the Three Lions for the first time as they took on Slovakia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Antonio beat left-back Masuaku in to second place, after the Frenchman polled 26 percent in his first month as a Hammer. Cheikhou Kouyate rounded out the top three.
In the Goal of the Month vote, Spanish youngster Martinez’s superb volley at the Ricoh Arena clinched the top prize.
In second was James Collins’ fierce strike in the Premier League opener at Chelsea – with 29 percent of the vote – while Sofiane Feghouli was third with his strike against NK Domzale.