West Ham boss David Moyes threw down the gauntlet to Sebastien Haller when speaking to reporters during his pre-match presser this afternoon, as quoted by WHUFC.com.
Michail Antonio is once again out injured *feigns shock*.
It was always going to happen, and now Moyes has to rely on Haller.
The Ivory Coast international really impressed against Sheffield United two weeks ago and he was on form once again when he came on for Antonio against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The 26-year-old has flattered to deceive since joining West Ham, however. Most West Ham fans expected much more from him after the club parted with £45 million to bring him to the London Stadium.
In Haller’s defence, David Moyes has never really set up his team in order to get the best out of the striker.
The Ivorian needs the wingers to be narrow and close to him. That quite simply hasn’t happened yet. Throughout his career, he has always flourished when playing as part of a narrow front three. You need look no further than his time at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Perhaps things will change against Manchester United tomorrow, however.
David Moyes spoke to reporters this afternoon and threw down the gauntlet to Haller, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“Micky we believed was 100 per cent fit and was ready to go. A fully fit Antonio is someone that gives us a dimension.”But Seb was coming back into form and getting confidence, so we’ll be looking to him now and hoping he can get the goals he has got in previous seasons.”
Challenge laid down then.
Hopefully Haller embraces it, because we all know he has the quality.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt man needs to make things happen for himself, however. As long as he puts in the hard yards, he will surely be a success at West Ham.
Haller has a really opportunity to prove what he is capable of now. It’s time for him to stand up and be counted.