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