West Ham United boss David Moyes has confirmed Sebastien Haller will start against Liverpool this evening.
And he has piled the pressure on the £45million French forward, saying he has had plenty of time to adjust to the Premier League.
Haller divides opinion among West Ham fans. Some feel he simply does not work hard enough for the side. Others believe he does not get the service.
The truth is probably somewhere in between.
Antonio form has kept Haller on the bench
Haller has actually looked in fine form since pre-season. But with Michail Antonio so effective in the lone striker role, he has found Premier League game time hard to come by.
Even last week when Antonio was withdrawn through injury against Man City, Moyes elected to bring on Andriy Yarmolenko instead.
That has led to some suggestions Haller may not be the one to replace the injured Antonio at Anfield. That’s despite being the only recognised striker in West Ham’s squad.
Some supporters believe Moyes may elect to play Jarrod Bowen up top instead.
Moyes confirms £45m man will start against Liverpool and piles the pressure on
And he has told him it is time he started producing.
“I think Seb would have been selected after we came back from lockdown, but he picked up an injury in training the day before we came back,” Moyes said in his pre-match presser.
“He’s had lots of time to settle into Premier League football, to see whether he knows what it’s about.
“He’s got an opportunity to show what he can do and he’ll get that chance to do so.”
Haller was criticised by BT Sport pundit Glenn Hoddle for a disappointing performance when he came on against City last week.
Chance to prove the doubters wrong
The former England boss was on co-comms for BT Sport watching West Ham’s 1-1 draw with City last time out.
And he was far from impressed with Haller’s display.
Regardless of service or support, Hoddle said Haller must do more.
“You can see right away West Ham miss Antonio up there,” Hoddle said on BT Sport.
“Haller has got to do more, he really does.
“He’s got to hurt himself for the team a bit.”
This is surely Haller’s big chance to prove the doubters wrong. But Moyes must find a way to him the kind of service he thrives on.