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Antonio backing 'ox' Hugill

Filed: Tuesday, 6th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

Michail Antonio has backed recent arrivals Joao Mario and Jordan Hugill to be a success at West Ham.

Antonio, who himself made the successful transition from Championship to Premier League in 2015 after arriving at West Ham in a £7million switch from Nottingham Forest believes that 25-year-old Hugill - who cost just a fraction more - can be a big hit with Hammers fans.

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And he also welcomed the transfer window capture of Poertuguese international midfielder Joao Mario, who arrived on loan from Inter during January. "Iím very impressed with him," said Antonio. "Heís a very technical player with nice flair and his awareness is unbelievable.

"Iíve not trained much with Jordan, but he came on on Saturday and looked like an ox! Iíve never seen anyone deal with Shane Duffy the way he just put him in his place. They are two great signings.

"People talk about the Championship as if it is a foreign world, but there are very technical players down there who have quality. Itís a very physical game so being able to deal with the physicality down there, you can definitely deal with the physicality of the Prem."

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Antonio is currently working his way back to full fitness after several weeks on the sidelines recovering from injury. He featured as a second half substitute at Brighton and should be ready to start against Watford this weekend.

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