West Ham set to face Aston Villa flop who had his ‘pants pulled down’ mid-match

West Ham are set to face off against the former Aston Villa striker who literally had his pants pulled down mid-match.

The Hammers are in Europa Conference League action tonight (September 15) against Danish side Silkeborg, who have Nicklas Helenius leading their line. The most devout Premier League fans may just about remember him from a failed spell with Villa.

A 22-year-old Helenius, now 31, moved to the Midlands in 2013 but went on to make just six appearances in all competitions the following season. Aside from a solitary goal in the FA Cup, his most notable moment in English football was a very unfortunate one.

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He was running through on goal in a League Cup tie with Tottenham when opposition defender Jan Vertonghen slipped and grabbed onto his shorts, pulling them down in the process.

Helenius was still able to get his shot off as he blazed over the bar, with referee Jon Moss waving away the penalty claims from the Villa faithful. The bemused Dane un-pantsed himself while his manager Paul Lambert protested on the sidelines.

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The embarrassment, and more so the lack of game time he was getting at Villa, led Helenius to return to former side Aalborg BK after just a year away, initially on loan before re-joining permanently in 2015.

Aside from another brief loan spell with Paderborn in Germany, he's remained in his home country ever since. Following a stint with Silkeborg for the 2016/17 season, he signed for them in January 2021 and helped fire them to a third-placed finish last season with 17 league goals.

They lost their Europa Conference League opener 1-0 to Anderlecht last week, but will no doubt present a stern test for David Moyes' side as they travel to Scandanavia.

Helenius will be looking to extract some sort of revenge on English football by adding to his tally of four goals in 10 games in all competitions so far this season.

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