Darren Bent believes that Sebastien Haller’s goals in the League Cup could give West Ham the confidence boost they desperately need.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the Frenchman has a big point to prove after the false dawn of last season.
The 26-year-old netted a brace in their second-round tie against Charlton Athletic and followed it up with another double versus Hull City on Tuesday night.
However, he has only been used as a substitute by David Moyes in the Premier League this season with his two appearances totalling just 25 minutes of game time.
Bent admits that the Hammers have been “severely lacking” in confidence and suggests that Haller banging in the goals could lift their spirits in league.
Bent told Football Insider: “Listen, he needed to get firing soon, I think he only scored seven goals last season after he got off to a brilliant start.
“I think his goals will give him confidence – it doesn’t matter who they’re against, it will give him confidence – to get himself back in there and if they can create opportunities then hopefully he can start scoring goals.
“People at the start of last season were like: ‘West Ham’s found it, they’ve found a goalscorer who can score them a regular amount of goals and propel them up the league’. That didn’t quite work out.
“It was good for him to get his two goals, you just hope it gives a few players a bit of confidence just going into the Premier League season because that’s something they’re severely lacking, is confidence.”
Haller netted seven goals in 32 league games after his big-money move to east London, but only two of those goals came in 2020.
Michail Antonio has been Moyes’ preferred striker in the Premier League this season.
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