West Ham United look to have a new goal hero on their hands in record signing Sebastien Haller.
Frenchman Haller got off the mark for West Ham with a fine brace in the 3-1 win at Watford on Saturday.
Just by signing for the club Haller was already onto a winner with West Ham fans.
Manuel Pellegrini completed the club record £45million signing (BBC Sport) after missing out on Maxi Gomez.
Given the long list of striker snubs and failures over the years, it was a capture that has excited the Hammers faithful.
Haller the Hammers hero
In his first interview with the club’s official website last month Haller made it clear he would never disrespect the club with his behaviour and conduct.
That seemed a clear dig at the man he replaced, Marko Arnautovic.
The Austrian twice agitated for a move away from West Ham. That was despite being well paid, well rewarded and hero worshipped by fans.
Arnautovic eventually got what he wanted, a lucrative move to China, ultimately leaving West Ham with little option but to sell him for a paltry £22.5million.
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Now Haller seems to have taken another subtle dig at Arnautovic and other football mercenaries like him.
Speaking to the club’s official website the 6ft 3in ace said he and his teammates at West Ham are not motivated by money.
“It’s not the money we play for,” he told whufc.com.
“The only thing I can do is show the fans that I really want to be here and that I want to succeed for this club.
“It was nice to see the supporters today and I’m really happy to give them this confidence back with the goals I scored.”
A breath of fresh air
Haller has been a breath of fresh air so far.
And the man he replaced as West Ham’s record signing, Felipe Anderson, certainly thinks so.
Anderson told whufc.com he feels Haller is an upgrade on the likes of Arnautovic from last season.
“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,” Anderson told whufc.com.
There has been no posturing or chest-beating from Haller.
Just a calm assuredness on and off the pitch.
Long may it continue.