It is the big question on the lips of every West Ham United fan this week.

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What will David Moyes do about Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio?

West Ham have made a superb start to the season.

Ensconced in mid-table approaching the quarter-way stage of the campaign after a supremely difficult run of fixtures, there is great optimism about the job Moyes is doing.

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The big question on everyone’s lips

West Ham beat Fulham 1-0 before the international break.

And they face another early season struggler in basement club Sheffield United when the Premier League resumes at the weekend.

Key to West Ham’s excellent form has been Michail Antonio.

The all-action forward has made West Ham tick in Moyes’s new wingback formation.

In his absence West Ham lost at Liverpool with £45million stand-in Haller ineffective.

The now Ivorian international striker was better against Fulham, going close to scoring when his header hit the crossbar.

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Insiders claim Haller will get another start against Blades with Antonio on bench

But he continues to divide opinion among the West Ham fanbase.

Moyes has called for more from his striker, who scored the winner on his debut for Ivory Coast.

Haller’s backers insist it proves the big man will get goals with the right service.

His detractors were quick to point out it was only against Madagascar.

Widespread reports claim Antonio will be fit again for the game against the Blades at Bramall Lane.

 

But reliable insiders ExWHUemployee and Claret & Hugh both claim Haller will be given another chance to impress from the start.

The insiders say Antonio will be on the bench.

ExWHUemployee made the claim in his latest West Ham Way podcast (November 10th).

While Claret & Hugh reports: “The Hammers medical team have had him under constant supervision and currently believed that a place on the bench on November 22 is a realistic scenario.

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Moyes being cautious but could be last chance saloon for Haller

“An appearance would mean the Irons have a near 100 per cent fit squad but it would also give Sebastian Haller another chance of making his presence felt after an improved performance against Fulham.”

Whether that is because Moyes is worried about aggravating his hamstring injury by throwing him back in the action too soon is anyone’s guess.

One thing is for sure Haller will be under pressure to impress.

With the January transfer window just six weeks away speculation is already claiming Moyes wants a new forward.

The Sun says the Scot doesn’t fancy Haller and wants Moussa Dembele from Lyon. That comes after a possible swap deal was mooted in the summer.

There has also been fresh talk that West Ham could move again for Joshua King (Claret & Hugh) or Olivier Giroud (C&H).

So expect Haller to start against Sheffield United with Antonio waiting in the wings.

West Ham fans will be hoping his international success will boost the big man’s confidence for a game where a win could push the Hammers as high as seventh depending on other results.

Maybe West Ham ARE the problem when it comes to Sebastien Haller?

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