By Wayne Dixon

29th Nov, 2020 | 4:28pm

WHZ View: No need for West Ham to rush star back from injury

West Ham attacker Michail Antonio was back in training this week and is in line to play a part against Aston Villa when the Hammers face them at the London Stadium on Monday.

The 30-year-old has missed their last three matches due to a hamstring injury, but the club’s official website reported he fit again this week.

The news will come as a huge boost to manager David Moyes and gives him another option as his side look to continue their recent good run of form.

However, the former Everton boss should be advised against throwing Antonio straight back into the fold.

Firstly, given the attacker’s age, the club should be very cautious about avoiding a recurrence. At his best, Antonio is a very important part of the Hammers’ side and rushing him back makes no sense given how well the side are playing at the moment. Instead, they should have him on the bench on Monday and allow him to work back to fitness at his own pace.

Secondly, Sebastien Haller played his best game of the season last time out against Sheffield United and deserves another chance. Not only did he score an outstanding goal that proved the difference between the two teams, but he was also excellent in terms of linking play and dominating the aerial battle.

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The 26-year-old completed three dribbles, won 12 aerial duels and took four shots against the Blades, while he also completed three key passes (via WhoScored). Based on this form, he should definitely start on Monday and Antonio can act as an impact substitute.

Going forward, the ability of Antonio to play wide gives Moyes another option and he has referenced in the past his desire to play his too star attackers together. All in all, this is good news for the club and fans should be delighted with the options at Moyes’ disposal.

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