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Can returning West Ham star Antonio help get the best out of Haller?

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Can returning West Ham star Antonio help get the best out of Haller?

West Ham United are going through a rough patch at the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team have now gone six games without a win in all competitions, and confidence seems low within the squad.

In the Premier League they are only four points off fifth place, but it’s certainly been a disappointing last couple of months.

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Like the Hammers as a collective, one man has started to tail off after a bright start.

Sebastien Haller, who cost a club-record £45 million to sign from Eintracht Frankfurt (BBC Sport), has just one goal in his last eight appearances and appears to be suffering from a lack of support.

Perhaps his struggles will ease off though once Michail Antonio is back in the starting XI.

 

The 29-year-old has resumed training with the U23s (Evening Standard) after suffering a hamstring injury back in late August, for which he needed surgery.

TBR’s view – Antonio the partner Haller needs?

Frenchman Haller impressed in the first few weeks but perhaps Pellegrini’s current system doesn’t play to the 25-year-old’s strengths.

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Last year at Eintracht, Haller wowed in a strike partnership with Luka Jovic, who was the perfect complement to his ability to be a target man.

He may have shown he can play up top alone, but he is far more effective when he has someone mobile in and around him.

Not only did he score 20 last term, but Haller also registered 12 assists which clearly suggests he has creative talents too.

When Antonio comes back after the international break, Pellegrini should consider using the duo in a partnership, with support coming from out wide from Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

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