Darren Bent has claimed Sebastien Haller’s West Ham teammates have lost confidence in the striker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward said the Frenchman is still trying to find his feet in the Premier League after his display against Liverpool.
Haller was given his first start of the season at Anfield with Michail Antonio ruled out through a hamstring injury.
West Ham’s record signing looked a lonely figure upfront with the Hammers set up to defend away to the Premier League champions.
Andriy Yarmolenko replaced Haller after 74 minutes with the scores level before Liverpool substitute Diego Jota scored a late winner for the hosts.
And Bent hopes that David Moyes tries to accommodate Haller more if he starts again.
He told Football Insider: “This is time for Haller to step up and get the goals.
“He’s different to Antonio so they’re going to have find a way of playing to his strengths.
“This is Haller’s time.
“At the start of last season I thought ‘yes, they’ve found one’, scoring goals, playing really well.
“It coincided with West Ham’s lack of form, I think he lost confidence, the team lost confidence in him.
“You can feel it when you’re teammates lose confidence in you. I think he’s still trying to find his feet.
“He’s not got off to a bad start this year, he got a few goals in the League Cup. Hopefully, he can take that form into the Premier League because they need him.”
Haller has scored four times in three Carabao Cup games this season but all of his goals came against League One opposition.
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