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Don Hutchison compares West Ham new boy Haller to Kanoute

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Don Hutchison compares West Ham new boy Haller to Kanoute

West Ham United fans are still pinching themselves over the fact that the club have signed Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The ace sealed a £45 million transfer (BBC Sport) to ease the club’s attacking concerns heading into the new season following the departures of Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez.

Haller enjoyed a fruitful 2018/19 by scoring 20 goals in all competitions alongside prolific partner Luka Jovic, who himself earned a transfer to Real Madrid.

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There is considerable hype about what French ace Haller can bring to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Former playerDon Hutchison – who had two spells with the Hammers (1994-96 and 2001-05) – reckons the striker is reminiscent of one of the club’s better strikers of yesteryear.

 

He told BBC Radio 5 Live (quoted by football.london): “He’s a very, very good player. I don’t think he’s the type of player that West Ham fans think he’s going to be.

“I don’t think he’s a 20 goal plus striker. He’s more like a Fredi Kanoute, who very physical, very talented, very laid back and very casual. But he’s got so much ability.”

TBR’s view

Hutchison’s assessment is interesting, as many are expecting Haller to be a pure goal-getter given his exploits in Germany.

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If Haller is anything like Kanoute, then he’ll be a great team player, with the former Mali international serving as a great partner for Paolo Di Canio.

Perhaps his hold-up play is something that Javier Hernandez could benefit from, with the Mexican known as a fox-in-the-box kind of striker.

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