West Ham United fans knew it was coming as it seems the grass is greener elsewhere for Sebastien Haller.
It was a case of Fortuna’s NOT always hiding for West Ham’s £45million flop Haller as he scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against the little known Dutch minnows on Sunday.
The ex Hammer slid home at the near post after a cross from the left wing. You can watch the goal here.
Haller now has two goals and an assist in his three games since leaving West Ham for Ajax.
West Ham fans remain divided over Haller as running commentary continues
And as expected, West Ham fans who had been banging the drum for Haller during his hugely frustrating spell in east London are keeping everyone updated on each contribution the striker makes.
Many West Ham fans were glad to see the back of Haller after a frustrating spell in east London.
Others feared he would leave and go on to prove his Hammers doubters wrong.
Well things have started well for the French-born Ivorian back in Holland – where he previously starred for Utrecht.
His latest goal sparked more outcry from a small section of Hammers fans on social media.
Some fans convinced Haller’s strong start is proving West Ham doubters wrong
Those supporters seem convinced West Ham were the problem. And that Haller is now somehow proving all his doubters wrong. He may well go on to do that.
But any success Haller does have the Eredivisie simply must be taken, not just with a pinch but rather a large handful of salt given the vastly inferior standard compared to the Premier League.
The harsh reality is Haller did not seem to have the pace or mobility to be a success in the English top flight.
Fortuna Sittard sit 13th in a shockingly weak Dutch top flight which barely makes up 18 teams.
The Eredivisie is not on the same planet in terms of quality. It is not even in Europe’s top six leagues, behind the Prem, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Portugal and Ligue 1. There is even a strong argument to say the Russian league is vastly superior given the performance of clubs in European competition.
Vastly inferior Eredivisie is no yardstick but Europe will be
And that will be where Haller can prove West Ham wrong – or right.
How Haller fares in Europe will be the true indicator over the call West Ham made to take a £25m loss on the Ivorian after just 18 months at the club.
Ajax face Lille next month in the Europa League last 32.
His performances on that kind of stage should be the benchmark for deciding whether West Ham have made a mistake.
Ajax are the only decent-ish side in the Eredivisie. They can sometimes hold their own against other top class European teams.
So in the meantime can we drop the running commentary of every goal and assist Haller registers in a division that – in terms of overall quality and competitiveness – is comparable to League One.