It seems as though West Ham will be without Michail Antonio for a while.

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The 30-year-old limped off injured against Manchester City on Saturday. And ExWHUemployee has suggested that his injury may be worse than David Moyes first feared.

If Antonio is out for a prolonged period of time, the obvious solution will be to bring Sebastien Haller into the team.

But the biggest mistake Moyes could make would be to play the Frenchman as a like-for-like replacement for Antonio.

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Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

West Ham were brilliant against Manchester City at the London Stadium on Saturday. In fact, we have been very good since losing our opening day fixture 2-0 at home to Newcastle United.

But Moyes must mix things up without Antonio.

The Scot can keep the 3-4-3 system. But if Haller is playing through the middle, the West Ham boss must ensure that he plays Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen close to the Frenchman.

We have to remember that the 26-year-old was at his best at Eintracht Frankfurt when playing in a 3-4-3 system with Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic playing in a narrow front three alongside him.

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Sebastien Haller in action (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Haller racked up 20 goals and 12 assists during his final season in Germany whilst playing in that system (Transfermarkt).

Moyes could also decide to play the French hitman and Bowen up top as a two with Benrahma or Pablo Fornals slotted in behind them in the number 10 position.

The key is getting bodies close to Haller. It must also be said, however, that the 26-year-old quite simply must put in more effort as well. He cannot just expect chances to come his way without putting in the hard yards.

Liverpool away clearly won’t be easy. But there is a way in which we can have more success than people expect.

And if Moyes sets his team up to play to Haller’s strengths, we might just surprise a few people.

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