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West Ham: Michael Brown believes Sebastien Haller will thrive in Michail Antonio’s absence

West Ham: Michael Brown believes Sebastien Haller will thrive in Michail Antonio’s absence - West Ham News

West Ham will need to utilise striker Sebastien Haller due to the injury to Michail Antonio, thrusting a regular substitute into a key first team role.

However, former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown believes that this could be his moment to shine and show why he was signed in the first place.

What Brown has said about Haller

Speaking to Football Insider, Brown said: 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.”

Can the forward make a difference in Antonio’s absence?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised the forward in the build-up to the Reds’ clash against West Ham last night, saying: “Haller played an incredible season at Frankfurt, good, quick, physical, brilliant in the air. They have options. Some smart business in the last 18 months. All starting to click.”

Clearly he is highly-rated, and despite many criticising him for his debut campaign last season, there are signs that he can thrive at London Stadium. He featured 32 times in the Premier League in 2019/20, eight times from the bench. In these games he managed seven goals and one assist, and also averaged 1.8 shots per game (WhoScored).

Those figures would probably look far more impressive if he hadn’t arrived for a hefty fee of £45m (Transfermarkt).

Unlike Antonio, he is a bona fide target man, and if he can play at his best, he can definitely be a real asset to the Irons in the Englishman’s absence.

In other West Ham news, Irons legend Frank McAvennie believes one key man deserves a new contract at the club. Have a read who it is here!


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