Exclusive: McAvennie on West Ham man 'Dirty Work' after critical update
Frank McAvennie has called on Sebastien Haller to do the “dirty work” if he is to keep his West Ham place when Michail Antonio returns from injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former West Ham and Celtic striker insisted the Hammers’ record signing needs to focus less on scoring goals and more on helping his teammates.
Haller started his first Premier League games of the season on Saturday as West Ham fell to a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Antonio missed the trip to Merseyside with a hamstring injury that will keep him out until after the international break.
And McAvennie believes Haller needs to be inspired by Antonio’s style of play if he wants to keep him out of the side.
He told Football Insider: “He was the number one striker, Antonio came in and took his place because he moved about and helped his teammates.
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“It’s not just about scoring goals and somebody has got to drill that into the big lad.
“There’s a lot of other things involved in being a striker for a top club.
“You’ve got to bring players in, lead the line and do the dirty work not just scoring goals.
“The dirty work is taking kicks to keep possession and if it doesn’t work go again. A couple of times against Liverpool when he didn’t get the ball his head went down.
“He’s got to look at Antonio and see what he does and do that because he’s keeping him out of the team.
“He needs to keep his head up, if he doesn’t get the first one he might get the second one.”
Haller has scored five goals in nine appearances this season, but four of those came against League One opposition in the Carabao Cup.