David Moyes will be fuming with Sebastien Haller after the striker again failed to lead the line as West Ham United beat Leeds 2-1 on Friday night.
Haller was given the starting reigns as the sole centre-forward in Moyes’ plans after the Scottish coach confirmed Michail Antonio was yet to overcome the hamstring injury which prevented his involvement against Manchester United last week.
Moyes has now been without Antonio for five of West Ham’s last six top-flight fixtures, and will be eager to see the 30-year-old make progress in training ahead of hosting London rivals Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Moyes had hinted at a potential change to his plans ahead of travelling to Leeds, with Haller’s slack form of late forcing the former Manchester United boss into considering alternative attacking options.
“I need to look for alternatives for when we need them,” Moyes said when asked over a potential role at Elland Road for the Brentford loanee, via quotes by football.london’s Sam Inkersole.
Ultimately, Moyes opted to keep Haller in the side with Benrahma slotting into midfield following a late knee injury to Arthur Masuaku.
Haller was far too weak against Leeds, with the ball bouncing away time and time again. He ended a frustrating night having lost possession a mammoth 23 times, while losing 22 of his 32 duels, per SofaScore.
The £27million-rated attacker won just five of his 18 ground duels, five of 14 aerial contests and committed four fouls. He never looked like scoring, either, despite striking four of his five efforts on target with one blocked, as Haller racked up 55 touches and one successful dribble from three attempts.
Haller was already playing on borrowed time with Antonio absent and reports surfacing that West Ham could listen to offers for the former Eintracht Frankfurt star, who now faces an anxious few days before the Irons host Crystal Palace as Moyes likely weighs up his alternative options again.