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Manuel Pellegrini explains faith in West Ham striker Sebastien Haller

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Manuel Pellegrini explains faith in West Ham striker Sebastien Haller

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confidently predicted that struggling forward Sebastien Haller will rediscover his best form.

The Frenchman started his Hammers career in great fashion this season following his £45million (BBC) arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.

He has four goals in 14 games across all competitions this campaign, but hasn’t found the net since 5 October and is currently enduring a drought.

The 25-year-old was axed to the bench too at the weekend for the 1-0 win away at Chelsea, which ended a run of three consecutive league defeats.

West Ham now travel to Molinuex to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night and it will be intriguing to see if Michail Antonio gets the nod to spearhead the attack again.

Pellegrini has recognised that Haller is finding it difficult at present at the London Stadium, but expects him to bounce back.

“All the players that come from different leagues need time to adapt. I think that Sebastien started very well, scoring some goals, but after that he was struggling,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the club’s official website.


“It wasn’t just his performance; he wasn’t the only one whose performance wasn’t normal.

“The team was not playing well. He understands that he will continue being an important player and I am absolutely sure that soon he will be the Sebastien he was at the start of the season.”

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

TBR’s View:

Haller is a big target man that West Ham need to try bring the best out of, as there is definitely a quality player in there that could thrive in the Premier League.

The powerhouse centre-forward is great in the air and it could be worth him trying to strike up a partnership alongside Antonio.

He managed 20 goals and 12 assists last season in all competitions for Frankfurt, which is why it’s definitely too early to write him off.

But he needs to ensure he’s more involved when he’s on the pitch and it will be interesting to see if he returns to the starting team against Wolves.

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