West Ham striker Sebastien Haller will have knocked on David Moyes’ door and asked for reasons why he was not brought on for Michail Antonio last weekend, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international suggested that the 26-year-old will have been fuming with Moyes’s decision to select Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of him.
Antonio was forced off with a hamstring problem in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City but Moyes opted to bring winger Yarmolenko on rather than like-for-like replacement Haller.
This despite Haller scoring five goals in eight appearances across all competitions this season.
Phillips suggested that there is friction between the £45million signing and his manager.
“I saw at the weekend when Antonio came off David Moyes put Yarmolenko on. The camera panned round to Haller and he was laughing, as if to say, ‘What do I have to do to get into the team?’
“If Antonio is injured it is a chance for somebody to step up but I was surprised he brought on Yarmolenko instead of Haller. There might be a bit of friction there.
“100 per cent he would have had a chat with Moyes after the game.
“You could tell by his expression that he was thinking, ‘Are you serious?’ He has scored goals this season in the cup, some good goals as well.
“If I was him I would be knocking on David Moyes’s door, not after the game because that is not right but the next time in training. It would be the first thing that I would do because I would want an explanation as to why.”