West Ham striker Sebastien Haller has been revealed as WhoScored’s signing of the summer so far. WhoScored have used their statistics to come up with a starting XI using summer signings in the top European leagues.
And Haller is the top-ranking player from the 11 included in this team. With a rating of 7.96 from his first three games for West Ham, Haller is statistically the best new signing in Europe’s top five leagues this summer.
The Frenchman has been an instant hit at West Ham, scoring three goals in three games. Haller opened his account with a double at Watford and added his third goal against Norwich City – both games ending in West Ham wins.
WhoScored ‘Best New Signing XI’
Haller plays as a striker alongside Barcelona new man Antoine Griezmann in this starting XI. But Haller’s score of 7.96 trumps his fellow Frenchman’s 7.68 score.
Three midfielders from La Liga are in this best signing XI. In the middle is Joan Jordan – a summer West Ham target – who plays for Sevilla. Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir, Celta Vigo’s Denis Suarez and Nimes midfielder Zinedine Ferhat complete the midfield.
There are two Premier League defenders in the back four. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) and Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) play in central defence with Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich) and Sergio Reguilon (Sevilla) in the full-back spots. Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Zack Steffen, on loan from Manchester City, is in goal.
Sebastien Haller: Start of something special?
Haller’s stats so far show that he is not just a goalscorer. In this article, WhoScored stressed Haller’s record of 5.7 aerial duels won per game has only been bettered by two Premier League players.
The 25-year-old’s aerial presence brings other Hammers into the game and offers a threat from set-pieces. This could be start of something special for Haller and West Ham.