Exclusive: McAvennie rips into 'Sulking' West Ham player after big injury update
Frank McAvennie has slammed West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller for “sulking” after being dropped in favour of Michail Antonio.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former West Ham and Celtic striker insisted the Hammers’ record signing has a “big chance” to stake his claim in Antonio’s absence.
The Frenchman was handed his first Premier League start of the season at the weekend as he led the line in West Ham’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Antonio missed the game at Anfield with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss the visit of London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
And McAvennie has called on Haller to show David Moyes why he should be his first-choice striker.
He told Football Insider: “I don’t get the boys when they’re not in the team and they’re sulking.
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“If somebody takes your place, which never happened to me, you fight to get it back.
“Antonio is going to be out for a few weeks so you’ve got two or three weeks of games to prove that you’re the number one striker.
“If he doesn’t do that then he’s got nobody else to blame but himself.
“He’s got it in him, sometimes he does something and you’re like ‘wow, that’s a striker’ but then his head goes down and you can’t do that in the Premier League.
“It’s a big chance (against Fulham).
“He’s scored a couple in the cup games against lower opposition for a striker that’s a confidence boost.
“All the great strikers didn’t mope about with their head down, they go again and that’s what the big man’s got to do.
“Hopefully Haller can get with the programme, keep his head up, and start smiling.”