Bringing Sebastien Haller on at half-time for West Ham against Aston Villa was a “masterstroke” from David Moyes, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the introduction of the 26-year-old, who replaced Michail Antonio, was a game-changing moment in Monday’s 2-1 win for the Irons.
Haller, who had started the last three Premier League games for West Ham in Antonio’s absence, was dropped back to the bench following the 30-year-old’s return to fitness.
However, Hutton has insisted the Frenchman was the Hammers’ standout performer up front and that his introduction swung things in the home side’s favour at the London Stadium.
“I thought David Moyes made a brilliant substitution, with Haller and Benrahma,” Hutton told Football Insider.
” I thought when they came on, they changed the game, I thought they were excellent. They caused Villa a lot of problems in the first moments.
“I think it was a masterstroke from David Moyes bringing Haller on. He was definitely a focal point, they got the ball up to him, he held up and he brought the other two attackers into it.
“They had some very good performances – Jarrod Bown, I think they’re getting the best out of him – some of the runs that he makes from outside to in, it just complements the players that they have.”
Haller has scored six goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, although only two of those strikes have come in the Premier League.
Victory on Monday has lifted Moyes and his men to fifth in the Premier League table.