'I'd go & see the manager' - Exclusive: Agbonlahor fumes over West Ham player treatment
Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested West Ham striker Sebastien Haller will seek out David Moyes to ask why he did not start against Aston Villa on Monday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Villa and England forward claimed Moyes made the wrong decision replacing the Ivory Coast international with Michail Antonio.
The 30-year-old started the game after recovering from a hamstring injury but looked off-the-pace leading the line for the Hammers.
Haller, who scored the matchwinner against Sheffield United last weekend, replaced Antonio at half-time.
Before the visit of Villa, West Ham’s record signing had started their last three games in the absence of Antonio.
Agbonlahor has questioned why Moyes dropped the in-form striker and changed a winning team.
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“It didn’t work out,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“If you look at Antonio in the first half, he didn’t look fit, he wasn’t sprinting. There was a ball played in behind and Matty Cash got there before him when he was favourite.
“He looked like his hamstring wasn’t right and he was scared to sprint.
“Managers shouldn’t change a winning team.
“I’m sure Haller would have been very disappointed, even after the game. I would go and see the manager and say ‘why didn’t you start me?’
“Because he scores a screamer against Sheffield United and he deserved to start the next game.”
Haller’s goal at Bramall Lane was his sixth of the season, although four of those came against League One opposition in the Carabao Cup.
Antonio had been in fantastic form before his injury and had scored x goals in y Premier League games.
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