Antonio expecting Hammers’ surge

Michail Antonio has suggested West Ham will be able to compete with anyone in the Premier League in their new stadium.

West Ham: Antonio expecting Hammers' surgeWest Ham: Antonio expecting Hammers' surge

Antonio is enjoying some fine early-season form for the Hammers and was rewarded with his first England call-up last week.

The former Nottingham Forest wideman, who scored West Ham’s first Premier League goal at their new London Stadium home in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth last month, believes the club’s relocation to the 2012 Olympic Stadium is transforming the club.

He said: “It’s not just massive because it’s a bigger stadium, it’s massive because the more fans that come the better the atmosphere is and the more intimidating it becomes for visiting teams.

“For the club as a business its great as the more revenue we can get then we can start battling with the Chelseas, the Manchester Citys, the Manchester Uniteds, and that’s when we can start battling with the big boys and, why not, winning the Premier League.”

Antonio knows there is plenty of competition in the Premier League but the Hammers represent one of the most attractive destinations for top players.

He added on “I agree it’s probably about a season, maybe two seasons. We’ve not settled on our lurels saying ‘we’ve had a great season let’s keep the same players and see if we can do it again’. We’ve gone out and brought quality players so we’re pushing on and looking to get in there as soon as possible.”

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