Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jose Semedo says West Ham ace Michail Antonio loves Owls after Hillsborough spell

Former Sheffield Wednesday Jose Semedo told the WTID podcast how West Ham United’s Michail Antonio loves the Owls following his previous spell at Hillsborough.

Antonio originally joined the Owls on loan during the 2011-12 season from Reading.

The 31-year-old helped the Owls to promotion from League One, and later moved to Hillsborough on a permanent basis in the summer of 2012.

Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

After two full seasons at Wednesday scoring 17 Championship goals, Antonio was sold to Nottingham Forest before later joining West Ham United in 2015.

Speaking to the WTID Podcast, Semedo says Antonio was one of the best he played with and claims the attacker still holds a strong connection with the club following his time there.

“He’s an incredible player. If you can one day have the opportunity to speak with him he will explain to you personally how he loves the club. I am in touch with him, and he loves the club so much and he was amazing for us. He’s a special footballer and showed as soon as he got in the Premier League. His quality was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best I played with,” Semedo explained.

Antonio has since proven himself to be a top Premier League player.

Despite predominantly playing either as a right-back or right winger in his earlier days, Antonio is now a leading striker who has scored over 40 Premier League goals.

Current West Ham boss David Moyes utilises him as a target man, with Antonio grabbing seven goals and five assists in 19 Premier League starts this season.

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The Hammers are currently fourth in table and chasing a Champions League spot.

Wednesday will surely look back with regret and acknowledge they sold Antonio for a bargain fee, while hoping they avoid similar mistakes in the future.

Also see: ‘Better than Zidane’: Some Owls fans drool over player’s stunning display in Cardiff win

Also see: SWN view: Three players Owls must move on this summer to aid necessary rebuild

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know