Albian Ajeti was left on the bench as Switzerland cruised to victory over Gibraltar.
It was an unsuccessful international break for Ajeti on a personal level. However, Switzerland have now qualified for the European Championships next summer.
Itten replaces Ajeti
Last week, Ajeti started against Georgia as Switzerland knew a win would all but seal their qualification. The West Ham striker failed to score and was replaced by Cedric Itten. On his Swiss debut, Itten scored the winner against Georgia.
Itten was rewarded for his goalscoring cameo with a start against Gibraltar. The 22-year-old, who plays for St Gallen, did not disappoint. He scored twice more as Ajeti spent the full 90 minutes watching on from the bench.
Ajeti misses chance to boost morale
Gibraltar are the whipping boys of Switzerland, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland’s group. Up against the European minnows, who have only recently earned UEFA status, Ajeti would have fancied his chances of finding the net.
It has been a painful season so far for Ajeti, who has not scored since joining West Ham from Basel. The 22-year-old has done little to justify his £8m price tag with the few cameos he has been given in the league and his two starts in the cup.
West Ham would have been desperate for Ajeti to find the net during the international break. This would have provided a timely boost with West Ham needing a striker to share the burden with Sebastien Haller. But it was more disappointment for Ajeti in Gibraltar.