Michail Antonio becomes West Ham’s record goal-scorer in the 4-1 hammering of Leicester City

Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma and Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrate victory
Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma and Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrate victory

David Moyes’ men thrashed Leicester City 4-1 at home to secure back to back wins in the Premier League.

West Ham thrashed Leicester City 4-1 at home last night and Michail Antonio took the spotlight with a sensational double.

The Hammers had a great start to the Premier League campaign after a thumping win against Newcastle United and they followed up with an even more special win against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The home side broke the deadlock through Pablo Fornals in the 26th minute and Leicester City were reduced to ten men after Ayoze Perez picked up a red card before the half-time break.

West Ham took advantage of the situation as they doubled the lead through Said Benrahma. It all started from a terrible back pass from Caglar Soyuncu and Antonio took control of it before finding the Algerian winger.

The Foxes halved the deficit after the goal from Youri Tielemans but they failed to prevent Antonio from scoring back to back goals during the final 10 minutes.

Antonio becomes West Ham’s top scorer in the Premier League

The 31-year-old has been very much effective for the Hammers over the last two seasons and he couldn’t have asked for such a dream start to this season. He was on target against the Magpies in the opening game but he was even more brilliant against the Foxes last night. After setting up the goal for Benrahma, Antonio scored back to back goals in the final quarter, which sealed the win for the Hammers. The Jamaican has now become West Ham’s top scorer in the English top-flight with 49 goals, surpassing Paolo Di Canio.

Antonio issues challenge for the Golden Boot race

The Jamaican steered his way into the top of Premier League scoring charts after last night’s heroics. Furthermore, he also claimed that he would be ahead of others in the Golden Boot race throughout this season.

Antonio said: Obviously! And I’m going to put a big distance between us so no one can catch me!” 

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher also heaped praises on Antonio’s display: “You can’t not like him. His personality. His celebrations. The cardboard cut-out, brilliant.

“We talk about him as a personality, we all like him. But what should not be lost is his absolute quality as a player. If West Ham do bring in a centre-forward, he would be back-up and he would have to know he is back-up, because this fella is that good. He is not this big signing, he didn’t have that big name, he came as a right-back or a right-winger, but he is a special player and if he cost West Ham £50m or £60m, they would be raving about what they had done in the transfer market.”