Kevin Phillips has urged West Ham boss David Moyes to play Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller in their game against Wolves after the pair’s impressive midweek displays.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Premier League golden boot winner believes the pair will be full of confidence after playing an instrumental role in the Hammers win over Hull City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Yarmolenko and Haller were involved in all of the Hammers’ goals as they won 5-1 against the League One side.
Both of them scored twice with Yarmolenko providing a further two assists while Haller also contributed an assist.
It means they have now scored six goals and laid on three assists between them in the Carabao Cup this season but neither has started in the league.
Asked by Football Insider whether the quality of opposition means we cannot read too much into the pair’s performances, Phillips said: “It doesn’t matter. They’re still good players.
“I think Yarmolenko is a good player and there’s talk of him possibly leaving.
“For Haller, this might just be that stepping stone to give him a bit of confidence that he needs to take him to the Premier League, I think he’s got four now in the Carabao Cup.
“In these sorts of games, you can kind of kick-start your season.
“West Ham again they need to score goals in the Premier League and when you’ve got players who are doing it in whatever cup competition is, I’m not suggesting you start them but you’d be daft not to use them for the majority of the game in the league.”
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