Declan Rice praised his West Ham teammate Sebastien Haller when speaking to Sky Sports after our 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday (November 22nd, 15:53).

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The 26-year-old striker has been much maligned by large sections of the Hammers fanbase since making his £45 million move to the London Stadium from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019.

Sebastian Haller (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Haller has scored 13 goals in 45 games for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

In the Ivory Coast international’s defence, however, David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini before him haven’t set up to his strengths.

There is definitely a very good player in there somewhere.

And Rice raved about his Hammers teammate when speaking to reporters after Sunday’s game:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“Seb has been unbelievable since he’s come back. It seems like his confidence is back. We know his qualities and that’s what we saw at Frankfurt, he pretty much scores every time, so we need to keep giving him the ball and he will continue to be a threat.”

Haller scored the winner against Sheffield United. More importantly than that, however, he put in a real shift and made a nuisance of himself.

 

The Ivorian is never going to be Michail Antonio. He just isn’t that type of player.

One thing that will be key if Haller is going to flourish in a West Ham shirt is our wing-backs’ ability to whip in dangerous crosses on a consistent basis.

If we play to the 26-year-old’s strengths, he will undoubtedly succeed at the London Stadium.

Rice’s glowing endorsement of the Haller is all the evidence the West Ham fans should need that the former Eintracht Frankfurt hitman is capable of hitting great heights in east London.

Let’s just hope that we haven’t seen the best of Haller yet.

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