West Ham striker Sebastien Haller can do nothing more to convince David Moyes he is deserving of starting a Premier League, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Coventry striker urged the Frenchman to not “spit his dummy out” despite not starting a Premier League game this season.
The 26-year-old scored his first league goal of the season against Wolves on Sunday after being introduced in the 88th minute.
Haller had already netted four goals and provided one assist in two Carabao Cup games.
Asked by Football Insider whether Haller could do any more to convince Moyes to start him, Whelan said: “No, but that’s what you need in a squad.
“You need people to react and he’s reacted in a positive way and that’s what the manager and the staff will want to see.
“It’s not somebody spitting their dummy out but somebody fighting for that place and still playing with that passion and quality in their game.
“It’s going to take a full squad of players to have a successful season and you can’t be having any big heads there, you can’t be having people spitting their dummies out.
“He seems like a team player and he’s coming on and doing his job and that’s all he can do right now and that’s what he needs to continue doing.
“He needs to go into training with a smile on his face, you’ve just scored a goal, you’ve only come on for five or 10 minutes.
“That is your job, that is what you get paid a lot of money to do.
“(Michail) Antonio is not going to play the full game and I’m sure he wont be complaining when he’s sat on the bench and scoring goals.