Sebastien Haller has responded to David Moyes after being told to ‘smile more’ and insists he is happy at West Ham United.
The £45million forward splits the West Ham fanbase down the middle. Some label him workshy and simply not good enough to adapt to the Premier League.
Others point out that he has been misused by West Ham ever since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt nearly 18 months ago.
Moyes challenged Haller to ‘smile more’ and some fans criticise striker for lack of emotion
Haller was much improved and scored a cracking winner in the 1-0 victory at Sheffield United last time out.
But his lack of emotion on the pitch and muted celebration when he scored sparked claims from a section of West Ham’s support that he does not want to be at the club.
Hammers boss Moyes challenged Haller to ‘smile more’ in a recent interview with The Evening Standard.
Haller has previously said in interviews that he prefers to stay cool and calm on the pitch and that only his family brings out his true emotions (Bundesliga YouTube).
Haller tells Moyes and fans he is ‘smiling inside’ and happy at West Ham after difficult spell
And now the big striker has responded to Moyes and Hammers fans by insisting he is smiling inside and happy at West Ham (whufc.com).
“I don’t know, I don’t know. Just because I don’t smile doesn’t mean I’m not happy. There’s time for everything,” Haller told whufc.com when asked if he smiled after his goal, in what was a direct nod to Moyes’s comments and criticism from some fans over his lack of emotion on the pitch.
“Of course (I’m happy and smiling inside). I was happy but I was also really happy to see how warm my teammates (were after I scored) and everyone around was also happy for me so it means a lot.
“I think everyone knows that it wasn’t an easy situation for me in the last weeks and months so to get this goal and victory is great for myself and everyone…
‘Happy to be back with West Ham and get special goal’
“To be back here (at West Ham after the international break) happy to see the lads and everyone around and to get this goal is really special.”
West Ham fans may want to see more outward emotion from Haller on the pitch.
But as long as he keeps scoring goals like that he can celebrate however he likes.
The Ivorian is expected to lead the line again when West Ham take on Aston Villa in the Monday Night Football.