Football great Marco van Basten agrees with West Ham fans who doubted their former striker Sebastien Haller despite his record-breaking form.
The £45m striker was labelled a flop and West Ham could not get him out of the door quick enough when they took a £25m hit to sell Haller to Ajax last January – just 18 months after signing him in a club record deal.
It is fair to say Haller divided opinion during his time at West Ham.
Many Hammers fans were glad to see the back of him after a frustrating spell in east London. Others feared he would leave and go on to prove his doubters wrong.
Just as many agreed that regardless of where you stood over Haller, he simply did not suit West Ham’s style of play under David Moyes.
Letting Haller leave has certainly not done West Ham any harm so far this season. Moyes’s are side flying high in the Premier League, through to the last 16 of the Europa League and are one game away from the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
West Ham’s attacking threat has dried up of late much to Moyes’s frustration.
So it rankles some fans to watch Haller making Champions League history as he became the first player ever to score nine goals in his first five appearances in the competition.
Given how he split opinion among West Ham fans, it seems every time Haller scores for Ajax the debate over the club’s decision to sell him is reignited on social media.
But those who continue to insist he simply was not cut out for the Premier League now have some rather high profile backing.
Football great Marco van Basten agrees with West Ham fans who doubted Sebastien Haller
Football great Marco van Basten knows a thing or two about being a top striker.
And he agrees with those West Ham fans who doubted Haller, citing that the level of opposition in Eredivisie and Ajax’s Champions League group are not up to much (Ajax Showtime).
“I think what he is doing now in Europe is remarkably good,” said van Basten told Ajax Showtime.
“He played at West Ham, (Ajax teammate Steven) Berghuis (played) at Watford and Dusan Tadic at Southampton and they were all not good abroad. They are doing very well now, but the real top ones also do well abroad.
“Right away, in the knockout stage, if you’re going to play against the big boys, you have to play far from the goal and have speed. Dortmund were also caught. They played the kind of football that was made for Ajax. It’s about whether he’s (Haller) suitable to bridge 40 meters as a striker.”
West Ham fans will latest that he certainly is not suitable for that.
But good luck to him, sometimes in football things just don’t work out for certain players at certain clubs.
We move on. And hopefully quite literally in January as West Ham will surely look to finally sign a replacement for Haller one year after his departure.