Phillips Exclusive: Moyes tipped to bench 'Fantastic' West Ham attacker v Arsenal
Kevin Phillips tips Michail Antonio to start for West Ham against Arsenal on Saturday despite Sebastien Haller scoring twice in midweek.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed to be ‘disappointed’ by Haller, 26, on Tuesday night despite his brace.
David Moyes handed the striker his first start of the season in the EFL Cup win against Charlton Athletic, the club-record signing only a substitute in the 2-0 loss to Newcastle United last weekend.
Haller has failed to match expectations since his £45million move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer with nine goals in 36 appearances for the Hammers.
Phillips heaped praise on the French forward for his second goal against the Addicks and said that more is to come from him.
“I was covering the game on Sky and I still feel that he can do more,” he told Football Insider.
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“He was disappointing at times but I cannot argue with the two goals. He was in the right position for the first goal and I think even you would have scored that one! The second one was a fantastic header, a proper striker’s header back across the keeper.
“I hope he performs but I did not see enough to suggest that he will score 15, 20 goals in the Premier League. There is more to come from him.
“I would expect Antonio to start the next game ahead of him.”
Speaking in midweek on both strikers, Moyes said: “Seb getting a couple of goals will be good for his confidence.
“We had Michail Antonio scoring for us at the end of last season and now we hope Seb gets on a run of scoring goals.”