Never change, Michail Antonio. West Ham’s hero became a history-maker during the 4-1 thrashing of ten-man Leicester – and celebrated in style.
Two goals in the rout means Antonio is now the Hammers’ top goalscorer of all time in the Premier League, overtaking Paolo Di Canio with 52.
Like the famous Italian, Antonio is a character and celebrated his first by grabbing a cardboard cut-out of himself on the sidelines, before hoisting it aloft like a trophy.
His brace followed goals from Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma, while Youri Tielemans gave the hosts very brief hope by pulling it back to 2-1.
But the Foxes were doomed from the moment Ayoze Perez was sent off for a shocking tackle on Fornals, which was duly punished following a VAR review.
As if that wasn’t enough to overcome, Caglar Soyuncu produced a stunning howler for the Hammers’ second, gifting the ball to Antonio in the box before Benrahma was given a simple finish.
The night belonged to Antonio, though. His first was the pick of the bunch, a brilliant display of strength and then a fierce finish.
Then the 31-year-old showed great determination to poke home his team’s third, making it three goals in two matches and sending the Hammers top of the table.
With another four-goal show, it’s no wonder the West Ham faithful were in fine voice, even brining out the ‘Oles’ towards the end against Brendan Rodgers’ thoroughly beaten visitors.
A far cry from the last time the London Stadium was full in February 2020.