West Ham boss David Moyes seemed to give Sebastien Haller a pass when asked by reporters what his message is for the Ivorian after the striker’s horror miss against Manchester United yesterday, as quoted by Football.London.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt man has a great chance to impress now with Michail Antonio ruled out through injury.
Haller fluffed his lines badly last night, however.
The 26-year-old’s hold-up play wasn’t horrendous. In fact he did more than he has done in previous games.
But he just doesn’t make enough of a nuisance of himself in the final third. Haller is just too easy to play against. And that shouldn’t be acceptable for a £45 million striker.
There has never been a striker that cost so much money who needs so many mitigating factors working in his favour in order for him to succeed.
It could be argued that Haller needs more minutes and he is clearly still painfully short of confidence. Yesterday’s awful miss will certainly not help matters.
Let’s hope that changes. But as mentioned earlier, he quite simply needs to do more.
David Moyes responded when asked what his message would be for Haller after the Ivorian’s glaring miss at the London Stadium yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:
“I think the big thing, I think it was offside. Because the linesman didn’t flag you put it down as a chance and in my book it was an offside decision so it never became a chance. I haven’t looked back at it but the word I got was that it was offside anyway.”
Haller is lucky that he would have been ruled offside. His miss really was a shocking one.
The Ivorian desperately needs a couple of goals. Having Said Benrahma playing alongside him will undoubtedly help.
And hopefully the Algerian will make the difference for Haller…for everyone’s sake.
Things are still looking bleak for the 26-year-old, however.
David Moyes rarely talks highly of the former Eintracht Frankfurt man. In fact, every time the Scot is asked a question about Haller he cannot seem to hide his disdain for the striker.
The most Moyes ever seems to say is that the Ivorian could be a useful asset if he continues to improve. That’s it.
And if West Ham receive an offer for the striker in January, it would be no surprise to see Moyes move him on.