Exclusive: Fringe West Ham player tipped for 'Massive' role by pundit after huge update
Michael Brown has claimed West Ham striker Sebastien Haller is set to “contribute massively” in the absence of Michail Antonio.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Manchester City midfielder delivered his verdict after it was revealed Antonio will miss the Hammers’ trip to Anfield on Saturday.
The club confirmed that the 30-year-old will be out with a hamstring injury that forced him off after just 52 minutes against Manchester City last weekend.
Despite being the only striker on the bench, Haller was not selected to replace Antonio by David Moyes who instead brought on Yarmolenko.
Haller has not started a Premier League game this season and has accumulated just 50 minutes of top-flight action from the bench.
The Frenchman has managed to grab a league goal this season in addition to the four he has scored against League One opposition in the Carabao Cup.
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And Brown insisted the club’s record signing still has a major role to play in the league this season.
He told Football Insider: “He didn’t use Haller, he didn’t bring him on. He used Yarmolenko when he made the change against Man City.
“It was commented on at the time. He maybe just felt there was too many minutes left, it was too early. He brought him on after 70 minutes.
“He’s going to contribute massively.”
Haller scored three goals in his first three Premier League games last season after moving to east London from Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.
In his subsequent 34 top-flight games the former France Under-21 international has managed just five goals.
In other West Ham news, a top pundit has revealed why he believes Said Benrahma has been frozen by Moyes.