Tony Cottee has explained that West Ham’s Sebastien Haller does have tremendous pressure on him at the London Stadium, but feels he has dealt with it well so far.
The Hammers paid a club record £45million (BBC) to sign the centre-forward in the summer from Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
Haller, 25, has started with three goals in three games in English football and looks like playing a key role for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
The Frenchman netted 20 goals across all competitions last season for Frankfurt and supplied 12 assists too.
He is a striker that can hold the ball up well with his physical strength and he has some great creative players behind him in the West Ham team to supply him.
Ex-West Ham forward Cottee believes there will be constant pressure on Haller’s shoulders, but likes the look of him as a player.
“The club played a lot of money for him, £45million for one player for West Ham is an incredible amount of money and credit to the board for spending that,” Cottee said on talkSPORT (09:39am, 11 September).
“What it does do is puts pressure on a player because you are the £45million man and you are going to be judged on the goals.
“20 league goals, someone needs to do that at West Ham to kick them on. I think in Haller, early days let’s not get carried away, he’s got a chance. He has started brilliantly.
Haller already looks a natural fit with his size and strength, which is going to cause defenders real trouble throughout the whole season.
But most importantly he is showings signs that he can get in goalscoring positions and surely he will only get better as he settles.
The best players won’t be phased by a large price tag and Haller should thrive off being the main man at the London Stadium, especially when the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson will be looking to assist him.
West Ham have some decent fixtures coming up after the international break and it would be great for Haller if he can continue his early-season momentum.