Darren Bent has called on West Ham striker Sebastien Haller to step up in the absence of Michail Antonio and do more for the team.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England forward claimed the difference between the two is “night and day”.
Hammers boss David Moyes confirmed before that Antonio was absent for last night’s 1-0 win over Fulham with a hamstring injury as Haller replaced him for the second consecutive match.
The club-record signing did not get on the scoresheet but was caught up in the controversy over Tomas Soucek’s injury-time winner as he was in an off-side position when the ball was first played into the box.
Antonio had been in fine form leading the line for Moyes and had scored 11 goals in his last 13 top-flight games.
Asked by Football Insider why Haller is not performing, Bent said: “He isn’t Michail Antonio who is strong, powerful, difficult to knock off the ball, works really hard, aggressive.
“Haller is a target man, he holds up the ball quite well but I don’t think he’s got that aggressive streak that that Antonio has.
“It is night and day between them. Without him, Haller has got to step up.
“He needs to realise that sooner rather than later because West Ham right now need him.
“You see you see what Antonio does for that team, hold people off, do what you need to do for the team.
“I don’t think people expect Haller to be Antonio because he’s not.
“They expect him to be the best version of himself.”
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