West Ham speedster clocked as fastest player in Premier League last weekend
By Dominic Toner
Michail Antonio was recorded as the fastest player in the Premier League during the second round of fixtures.
Sky Sports have reported that Antonio reached a top speed of 34.51 km/h in West Ham’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Forward pairing Jamie Vardy and Anthony Martial recored the fastest speeds of any player during the 2015/16 season with the same top speed of 35.44 km/h, according to a player tracking site ChyronHegao, as quoted by talkSPORT.
Antonio, 26, headed home a cross from new signing Gokhan Tore to give the east London side their first domestic goal, and three points, of the new season.
His goal which sent home fans into raptures in the 84th-minute, comes after the Englishman was subjected to criticism following his poor performance against Chelsea.
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The winger gave the ball away before conceding a penalty as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners in Antonio Conte’s first game as manager of the Blues.
Manager Slaven Bilic has opted to push Antonio further up the pitch in recent matches after the player revealed he wanted to be considered as an attacker and not a right-back, the position he filled in at for the majority of last season.
Antonio joined for £8million last summer and eight Premier League goals in 26 appearance led to many fans calling for Roy Hodgson to call him up to England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The former Nottingham Forest man played a major role in West Ham’s successful Premier League campaign last year, as the Hammers earned a seventh-placed finish.
In other West Ham team news, two of their key players are close to returning from injury.