SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY; Pacy Michail wants Owls end product

A happy moment: Michail Antonio after his goal against Watford
A happy moment: Michail Antonio after his goal against Watford

HIS manager has likened him to two pacy England wingers.

But Sheffield Wednesday speed merchant Michail Antonio is acutely aware he has to improve his decision making in the final third to stand any chance of emulating Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon’s achievements in the sport.

Following the Owls 2-0 slip up at home to Blackpool last month, manager Dave Jones compared Antonio to a young Walcott and Lennon.

“His running, his pace, his power ... he reminds me so much of Walcott and Lennon when they first started - so much pace to burn, plus power,” he acknowledged.

Antonio, who started his career at non-League Tooting and Mitcham United, has thanked Jones for his kind words.

He told The Star: “Both Theo and Aaron are quality players; it is a massive compliment the gaffer has compared me to them.”

By his own admission, Antonio has been inconsistent since joining Wednesday on a permanent basis in the summer. The 22-year-old, a £750,000 acquisition from Reading, accepts he has to work on every facet of his game to make the next step up.

“If I played well every game, I would not be playing in the Championship,” he admitted. “To play in the top teams, you have to be consistent.

“I have got the pace and power to beat players but it is about knowing when to take players on and when to pass.

“Awareness comes with experience and the more games you play.”

Antonio, who starred on loan in Wednesday’s promotion winning charge last term, says Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, is his idol.

“I used to watch loads of clips of Cristiano on YouTube, especially when he was at Manchester United,” said Antonio. “I used to study him quite a bit. He is an absolute quality player.”