Sebastien Haller will find it difficult to earn a place in the West Ham starting XI because he wasted his opportunity last season, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper delivered his verdict after the Frenchman’s hopes of starting berth were hit a fresh blow against Manchester City.
When goalscorer Michail Antonio limped off after 52 minutes against City, David Moyes opted to replace him with winger Andriy Yarmolenko instead of Haller.
The £45million club-record signing was introduced after 69 minutes coming on for Jarod Bowen but failed to have a major impact on the game that ended 1-1.
It was the second game in a row that Antonio has failed to see out, but Haller was not on the bench for the Hammers’ dramatic 3-3 draw with Spurs.
The striker has featured in every other of West Ham’s games this season but is yet to start in the league and Robinson can not see that changing soon.
He told Football Insider: “He’s fallen down the pecking order a little bit, Sebastien Haller.
“He was given his opportunity last season and didn’t take that opportunity and didn’t score the goals and wasn’t anywhere near the level people were expecting him or wanting him to be at.
“With Antonio taking the baton on he’s going to find it difficult to get into the team.
“If he’s on the bench and not brought on, that’s a real problem for him.”
Haller moved to east London from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt last summer but has failed to impress at his new club.
After scoring three goals in his first three Premier League games, he found the net just four more times in 29 further league appearances
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