Mark Noble has told the Evening Standard that he was impressed with Sebastien Haller’s debut for West Ham United, but admitted that the new signing had little service given it was against Manchester City.
A hat-trick for Raheem Sterling and goals from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus saw Manchester City ease past The Hammers and ex-City manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers seemed helpless in stopping Pep Guardiola’s side.
Haller, who joined West Ham for a club-record £45million (Guardian) after scoring 20 goals and laying on 12 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt last season. The 25-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Hammers.
West Ham skipper Noble was full of praise for the new French striker, who has excellent stats from his time in the Netherlands with FC Utrecht. Noble applauded Haller, but admitted the service was not there against City.
“I thought Sebastien Haller, especially in the first half, did really well,” Noble said. “He worked hard, his touch was good and his hold-up play was excellent. It was City, though, and we didn’t present him with enough chances in the box. Hopefully that will be different tomorrow [against Brighton].”
TBR’s view – Haller needs service to ease the pressure
Haller is under enormous pressure. Coupled with his big £45million club-record fee, the Frenchman is the striker that West Ham have been crying out for in recent seasons.
Javier Hernandez has struggled, Andy Carroll stuttered with injury and Lucas Perez flopped. Marko Arnautovic went through stages. Against the likes of Brighton, Haller needs to score goals.