West Ham winger Felipe Anderson has hinted that Sebastien Haller is an upgrade on Marko Arnautovic. The Brazilian star spoke to whufc.com after the Watford game and praised West Ham’s ability to convert chances – claiming it was an immediate improvement upon last season.

The Hammers won 3-1 against Watford with Haller striking twice. The Frenchman – who was Arnautovic’s replacement and the club-record signing – netted both goals in the second half as West Ham picked up their first win of the season.

Felipe Anderson on West Ham’s clinical finishing

Felipe Anderson set up Sebastien Haller’s first West Ham strike. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

After the Watford win, Anderson told whufc.com: “Last year we played very well and we created chances but we didn’t convert them as much, so we were on the right track. Today we were sure that we could do it right. Today I was pretty offensive on my wing. I like the fact that the coach gives me that freedom and, thanks to that, I also gave an assist.”

Anderson provided the assist for Haller’s first West Ham goal. He worked his way into the box and Haller was in the right place at the right time to poke in the square pass. Anderson was impressed with Haller’s ability to convert the chance, hinting that he will get more goals than Arnautovic.

 

Marko Arnautovic vs. Sebastien Haller

Marko Arnautovic also scored a brace against Watford away. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The comparisons between Arnautovic and Haller will continue throughout the season. Arnautovic scored twice at Watford last season; Haller has scored twice at Watford this season.

It is too early to judge who is the better player at West Ham but Anderson makes a key point. Haller was in the right positions and he was able to take his chances when they came.

There is one major difference between Arnautovic and Haller. The Austrian is not naturally a striker. He is a converted winger whereas Haller has always been a striker. Whether that reflects in the goal tallies is another question. This will be answered in due course.

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