West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini finally bowed to fan pressure and played Michail Antonio alongside Sebastien Haller for this evening’s clash with Southampton.
And the two forwards really forged a dangerous partnership.
The Hammers looked much more menacing, and posed an entirely different threat through the middle.
Haller, 25, looked more like the player who West Ham thought they had signed in the summer. And Antonio’s pace and power gives the Hammers something that they do not otherwise possess.
The east London outfit looked like a team who should be nowhere near the bottom three. The question must be asked : Why on earth has Pellegrini not tried the 4-4-2 before?
The French hitman signed for £45 million in the summer scored to put West Ham 1-0 up after fine work from Antonio.
And his confidence will have received a huge boost having scored just one goal in his last 13 games in all competitions.
Some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to Haller and Antonio’s fine displays…
We are playing so much better with Haller and Antonio up front #COYI
— George Poynter (@George_Poynter) December 14, 2019
— Stuart Plant (@Hairymonkeyboy) December 14, 2019
This is what happens when you play Haller up top with someone. Especially if that someone is Antonio #COYI⚒⚒
— Shane Cook🏴⚒ (@ShaneCook9) December 14, 2019
We’re such a different side with Antonio 🤯💜 #coyi
— Aaron (@Aaronstebbeds) December 14, 2019
No matter what happens it’s already clear to see playing Haller and Antonio in a 2 is an absolute must #COYI
— Dawkins (@Si_23Q) December 14, 2019
Haller looking like Haller and bossing it with Antonio. Go figure #coyi
— ⚒ Marky Perkins ⚒ (@Supagrova1973) December 14, 2019
Antonio at his best tonight.
— Steve (@steve_biggs1708) December 14, 2019
Funny what 2 up top can do
— ⚒ ian ⚒ (@IANL80s) December 14, 2019
And the tweets kept coming…
Haller looks a different man with 2 up top
— Ben Shaw (@benshaw89) December 14, 2019
How good has Antonio been?
— Dan Regan (@_danregan) December 14, 2019
Antonio main man
— Harry (@harryjennings16) December 14, 2019
Antonio is in beast mode! #COYI
— David Williams (@djw21bsl) December 14, 2019
Antonio & Haller 👌🔥 #COYI
— George Simpson (@Gsimo94) December 14, 2019
How well is Antonio playing. He is a beast COYI
— ray cox (@ragcox) December 14, 2019
Antonio did an awesome job there ⚒ #COYI
— Sarah (@SHeathS80) December 14, 2019