Exclusive: Bent tips West Ham big name to be benched tonight after Tuesday sighting
Darren Bent suggests that West Ham striker Sebastien Haller will have to settle for a place on the bench against Burnley after returning from injury.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the Hammers’ record signing will be kept out of the starting XI by Michail Antonio.
Haller, who has missed all of the Irons’ matches since the Premier League restart, was photographed taking part in the squad’s “final preparations” on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s tie against Burnley.
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However, Bent believes the 26-year-old will have to bide his time before stepping back into the starting XI and insists manager David Moyes will be grateful for the selection headache.
“He might have to bide his time and wait to for it,” Bent told Football Insider.
“For David Moyes, it’s a very good problem to have because you’d rather have to leave players out because someone else is playing well rather than leave players out because they’re not playing well.
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“West Ham need more players like Michail Antonio, you know full well he’s going to give you 100 per cent effort. His pace and power caused Chelsea all kinds of problems, they couldn’t handle him.”
Haller has scored seven goals in 27 Premier League appearances to date but has not featured at all since the return of the top flight.
Meanwhile, Antonio has netted two times in his last two appearances against Chelsea and Newcastle, with just four goals under his belt this season.
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