West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters today, and admitted that Sebastien Haller has been struggling recently, as quoted by Football.London.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45 million in the summer.
He hasn’t exactly hit the ground running, however. Haller has scored just four goals in 14 appearances for West Ham. And the Frenchman has looked totally out of sorts over the past six weeks or so.
Haller seems to be isolated up front. Although he undoubtedly needs to work harder.
The 25-year-old, who earns £100,000 per week according to the Daily Star, was dropped for West Ham’s last game away at Chelsea, and Michail Antonio really impressed in his place.
Perhaps being dropped on Saturday was the wake-up call that Haller needed. It might just give him the hunger to return to his best.
When speaking to reporters today, Pellegrini admitted that the Frenchman has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, as quoted by Football.London:
“Any player coming from a different league needs time. Sebastien started very well and scoring goals but after that he was struggling, not just his performance but the team was not playing well. He understands, he will continue to be an important player and soon he will be the player we saw at the start of the season.”
Haller might get a chance to impress tomorrow night away at Wolves. Pellegrini will not want to risk Michail Antonio getting injured again, and might just rest him at Molineux.
A goal against Wolves would do the Frenchman the world of good. He must put in the hard work first before he starts scoring regularly again, however.