West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio was reintroduced to first-team action on Saturday, in the Hammers’ disappointing 3-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion – with the star admitting he was ‘buzzing’ to be back.
The versatile forward has been struggling with a groin injury that has kept him on the sidelines of late, while he was not included in midweek against Crystal Palace due to disciplinary reasons.
While admitting that the result against Brighton did not go to plan, Antonio stated he was delighted to be back in a West Ham shirt.
“I am buzzing to be back but disappointed about the result,” the Hammers attacker told the club’s official website.
“I’ve been working hard on the training pitch and doing plenty of running, but match-fitness is different and hopefully I can pick it up quite quickly and go.
“I think I did all right when I came on, but I didn’t feel like I had enough of the ball to make a difference to the final result. Hopefully I can continue to progress.”
Antonio’s versatility has been evident since he joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest, with the 27-year-old playing in a host of different positions for the East London club.
Despite this, he has stated that a wide role in the Hammers side is probably his favoured and most effective.
“On the right or the left, I think, and I’d prefer to be on the left, but it’s just one of those things where I will come on, do what I can and build up my confidence as I go and move on from there,” Antonio continued.
West Ham boss David Moyes appears to have buried the hatchet after Antonio’s disciplinary issues and the attacker will be an important man for the club for the rest of the season.
However, finding a formation and system that will make the most of the star’s pace and penetration will be a challenge for the Scottish manager.