When speaking exclusively to Football Insider, West Ham legend Frank McAvennie has criticised the Hammers’ scouting system after Manuel Pellegrini signed Sebastien Haller last summer.
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The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 for around £45 million (BBC).
The Frenchman arrived in England with a big reputation. He had just recorded a 20 goal and 12 assist season in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.
But Haller has really struggled to impress at the London Stadium. He has scored just seven goals in 29 games for the east London outfit this term (Transfermarkt).
Pellegrini failed to get the best out of the 6ft 3in hitman. And David Moyes hasn’t had much luck either.
It has been clear to see, however, that Haller is simply not getting the service he needs. The 26-year-old has also looked completely isolated up front on his own.
And McAvennie was critical of the West Ham scouting setup, when speaking exclusively to Football Insider:
“Haller is a far better player when Antonio is up there with him. I never ever want to see Haller again playing up front on his own. He cannot play up there on his own. Haller played in a front three in Germany and then he comes here and he is playing on his own. Antonio went up beside him and when he has, Haller is a better player. Whoever scouted the boy did not do it right. If they want him to play up there on his own, that is not the player that he is.”
McAvennie was a truly great striker for West Ham. And Haller would do well to watch some old videos of the Scot in action for the Hammers.
The Frenchman does have talent. His time with Eintracht Frankfurt proved that. He just needs to be given more support and work harder.
And perhaps then the goals will start to flow for the gangly Frenchman.
The 26-year-old has a long way to go, however, if he is to justify his £45 million price-tag.