10 players you forgot rose from Non-League ranks to star in the Premier League

Michail Antonio made headlines on Monday night when he netted twice during West Ham's 4-1 win over Leicester – breaking the Hammers' Premier League scoring record in the process.

The versatile star has netted 49 times since his 2015 move from Nottingham Forest.

But it wasn't at Forest that Antonio cut his teeth – he actually started his career in the Isthmian Premier Division with Tooting & Mitcham United.

The Hammers hitman has etched his name on to the long list of Premier League stars who have gone from non-league to light up English footballs top flight in recent years.

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a long at 10 of the names who may have slipped under your radar in going from non-league to Premier League.

1) Danny Ings

Danny Ings was involved in one of the biggest deals of this summer's transfer window – completing a £25m switch from Southampton to Aston Villa.

Ings has forged a reputation as one of the Premier League's most deadly finishers over the past few years – but did you know he sharpened those razor-sharp instincts with a spell at non-league Dorchester United?

Ings netted four times in a nine-game stint at the Conference South club back in 2010.

An injury crisis at Ings' parent club Bournemouth saw him recalled from their South Coast neighbours, with the striker going on to fire his way through the leagues to the top flight since then.

2) Callum Wilson

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Callum Wilson has also evolved into an established Premier League striker over the past few years, but the England international enjoyed a significant couple of spells in non-league.

Wilson spent over 20 games during temporary spells with Kettering Town and Tamworth between 2010 and 2012.

The 29-year-old managed just two goals during his time away from parent club Coventry City – where he eventually started firing a couple of years later to earn a move up from League One to the Championship with Bournemouth.

Since then, Wilson has become a mainstay in the Premier League, netting 54 goals in 153 league games in the top flight.

Wilson is now starring at Newcastle United after a big-money £20m move last summer.

3) Jarrod Bowen

Jarrod Bowen has slowly worked his way up the leagues to before arriving at West Ham for an initial £17m from Hull City.

But Bowen cut his teeth at Hereford United – coming through as a scholar for the Bulls.

The winger made eight appearances in non-league, scoring one goal before departing for Hull in the wake of Hereford's demise back in 2014.

After a number of season's excelling in the Championship, Bowen finally got his big break with the Hammers – and established himself as a star with a breakthrough season last year following a shaky start in East London.

4) Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins is another striker with non-league roots who has worked his way up through the leagues.

Watkins is another graduate of the esteemed Exeter City academy, but he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Weston Super Mare before making the grade at St.James Park.

Watkins racked up an impressive 10 goals in 24 appearances for the non-league outfit, and he revealed last year that playing for Weston was "the best thing" he did in a Q&A session on social media.

Since then, Watkins blitzed his way through the leagues with the Grecians and Brentford before stepping up seamlessly to the Premier League with Aston Villa last year.

5) Che Adams

Che Adams is now the main man at Southampton after the departure of Danny Ings, but his role in the spotlight at St.Marys is a world away from his humble beginnings at Ilkeston.

Adams was released by Coventry in his youth before coming through as a scholar for the Northern Premier League side.

After eight goals in 17 games, Adams was snapped up by Sheffield United where he found his feet in League One before jumping up to the Championship with ease at Birmingham City.

The hitman fired 22 goals in his final season at the Blues – a figure which tempted the Saints to shell out on a bumper £15m move to finally bring Adams to the Premier League.

6) Nick Pope

England goalkeeper Nick Pope is an established Premier League name after starring for Burnley over the past five years since his move from League One Charlton Athletic.

But the big stopper is another unlikely name who earned his stripes in non-league – racking up no less than four stints in the Conference and below during his time at Charlton.

Pope spent time at Harrow Borough in the Isthmian Premier Division before a spell at Charlton's neighbours Welling United in the Conference South.

The promising stopper then enjoyed spells in the Conference with Cambridge United and Aldershot, before also spending time in League Two with York and Bury before breaking through at the Addicks.

7) Solly March

Solly March has cemented a slot in the Brighton first team, but the flying wing-back actually started his career at nearby Lewes.

March made his debut for the Isthmian Premier League side aged just 17 after spells at Crystal Palace as a teenager before he was offered a scholarship by Brighton.

March has gone from strength to strength at the AMEX since then, with the versatile ace featuring prominently for the Seagulls as they eventually escaped the Championship to secure a Premier League slot.

The 27-year-old was deployed further forward prior to the arrival of Graham Potter, who moved the ace to his current wing-back role back in 2019.

8) Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie made his name in the Premier League with a number of fleet-footed cameos for Crystal Palace, but he began his career in slightly less glamorous surroundings.

Bolasie turned out for Southern Division One South & West side Hillingdon Borough before eventually ending up in League One with Plymouth Argyle.

The tricky winger spent a seven-game spell back in non-league with Rushden & Diamonds before a Championship move to Bristol City.

Bolasie then wound up at Selhurst Park shortly after and the rest was history.

9) Ethan Pinnock

Ethan Pinnock has only just arrived in the top flight, but the Brentford man already looks at home.

The centre half has helped lead the Bees to back-to-back clean sheets in their first two Premier League games – but the elite level seemed a long way off when Pinnock was released by Millwall in his youth.

Pinnock made his name with Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian leagues, before earning a move to Forest Green Rovers in the National League.

The 28-year-old was quickly snapped up by Barnsley before the Bees swooped to snatch the defender for their promotion charge.

10) Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney has cemented his slot in Watford folklore, but the hitman began his career at a much lower level.

Deeney was spotted by Walsall playing for nearby Chelmsley Town in the Midland Football Combination Division Two.

His record of 23 goals in 56 appearances tempted the Saddlers to take a punt, snapping Deeney up before farming him out to non-league outfit Halesowen Town.

After impressing for the Southern League Premier Division side, Deeney returned to star for Walsall, leading to Watford's interest in snapping up his services back in 2010.

Deeney has since gone on to rack up over a decade of dominance at Vicarage Road, netting 131 goals in 389 league games over an 11-year spell.

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