West Ham opinion: What the Hammers can expect from Sebastian Haller
It’s been a busy summer for the Hammers and it looks like they’ve signed another potential superstar in Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt after the German side confirmed that he has left the club.
Haller was one of the best forwards in Europe last season after registering 20 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season.
He had a very impressive Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League and it was only a matter of time before he made a move. There will be many who might be surprised that the Frenchman has made the move to the London Stadium but this move makes a lot of sense.
Haller despite being a fantastic player for Frankfurt in the last two years, hasn’t always been the main-man. He’s been extremely under-rated in the media with teammates Ante Rebic and Luca Jovic usually getting all the recognition. He’s often had to deputize from the bench but is a very unselfish player.
He’s one the best link-up players in the Bundesliga, using his excellent ball control and strength to hold off opponents before turning to shoot or play a pass. He has been the most dominant striker in the air and would take to the Premier League like a fish to water.
This would be a great option for West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham can now have two ways of building attacks as they can use the likes of Issa Diop, Balbuena and Declan Rice to build from the back or go direct to Haller, which would disorganize the opposition as they wouldn’t know if they should press high or sit back.
West Ham have made some fantastic signings in the last two seasons to show their ambition and they could now be looking at a serious push for European places.
Many of their league table rivals lack a searing forward like Haller and there is an argument to be made that he’d very easily improve West Ham’s chances of progressing further.
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With Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson to link up with Haller, there is no doubt that West Ham will be a real force next season and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if they were to upset Manchester City in their first game next season, with Vincent Kompany no longer at the club.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are going to have to deal with a handful in Sebastien Haller.