Antonio instrumental on Europa League night against Rapid Wein
West Ham United took command of Group H as match day two of the Europa League came to its conclusion tonight, as the Hammers secured a 2-0 win against Rapid Wien, with Declan Rice and Said Benrahma helping the west Londoners steal all three points at home.
That is a brilliant team goal from West Ham! 🙌
Declan Rice scores again in the Europa League, but it’s all about the control and pass from Michail Antonio… 🤤
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 30, 2021
England international Rice scored the match’s opener just before the half-hour mark, assisted by Jamaican international Michail Antonio, while the slender lead was added to by Benrahma in injury-time to guide David Moyes’ men to six points from six to open their continental campaign.
With his assist on the night, before being removed on 62-minutes, Antonio registered his fourth in all competitions this season. Additionally, his current goal tally of 5-goals in the Premier League is good enough to place him as joint-fifth in the goal charts across Europe’s big-five leagues, and level with Jamie Vardy, Vinícius Júnior, Edin Dzeko, Mohamed Salah, and Dimitri Payet.
West Ham frontman on equal terms with Mohamed Salah
The data behind Antonio and his terrific start to 2021-22 is encouraging to say the least if you’re a West Ham supporter. A combined 10-goal contributions in just seven appearances across the Premier League and Europa League signals a brilliant return from a player who many would not have expected that level of return.
10 – With six goals and four assists, no Premier League player has been involved in more goals in all competitions this season than Michail Antonio (level with Mohamed Salah). Perfect.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2021
And according to OptaJoe, only Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah can boast the same level of production amongst Premier League forwards this season.
In the aftermath of a summer that saw Harry Kane nearly move to Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo make his return to Manchester United, Kylian Mbappé nearly swap Paris for Madrid, and Erling Haaland the constant subject of transfer speculation, the swan song perpetrated by Antonio, in conjunction with West Ham showing its worth, is the type of storyline football needs.