A new dilemma is brewing at West Ham United over Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller after claims from insiders.

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Antonio has missed West Ham’s last two games through injury.

And although he fared slightly better against Fulham, stand-in Haller has struggled to shine as he continues to divide opinion among West Ham fans.

Reports have abound for the last couple of weeks that Antonio will be back in contention for West Ham’s trip to Sheffield United after the international break.

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Insiders claim Moyes will leave Antonio on the bench at Sheffield United

Many assumed he would go straight back in the side given his performances since football returned.

But according to reliable insiders ExWHUemployee (on the West Ham Way podcast November 10) and Claret & Hugh, Moyes has decided he will not risk Antonio from the start.

Instead the insiders claim he will likely be on the bench with Moyes giving Haller another chance to prove his worth.

Some fans will agree it is the right approach given Antonio’s injury history.

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New debate over whether Haller deserves another chance to impress

Others will feel if Antonio is fit he simply has to come straight back in as Haller has failed to impress, registering just one shot in the two games – that being a header against the bar from a corner against Fulham.

The Hammers fanbase is likely to be split on what Moyes should do for the best.


Haller may return from the international break with renewed confidence.

He scored the winner on his senior international debut for the Ivory Coast on Thursday.

If Moyes goes against the claims of insiders ExWHUemployee and Claret & Hugh, and does elect to bring Antonio straight back in from the start, it will surely cast hige doubts over Haller’s West Ham future.

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Future looks bleak for Haller if Antonio comes straight back in

The January window is just over six weeks away. And there are already claims from the likes of The Sun that Moyes simply does not rate Haller.

The report says the Scot wants to sign Moussa Dembele from Lyon.

If Haller does start at Bramall Lane, he will need to be on his A game.

The ideal situation would be for the £45million striker to perform so well he keeps Antonio out of the side.

Then Moyes will have plenty of options. And that can only be a positive as he looks to build on West Ham’s fantastic start to the season.

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