West Ham United legend Tony Cottee has backed struggling record signing Sebastien Haller to come good.

After an impressive start, £45million signing Haller has proved an immense disappointment.

Haller scored four goals in his first four games. But he has cut an isolated, ineffective and at times disinterested figure up front.

Some fans argue Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is failing to get the best out of the powerful Frenchman.

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Haller Hammered

Others want to see more effort, dynamism and quality from their most expensive signing of all time.

Haller was benched in favour of fit-again Michail Antonio for West Ham’s first win in nine games at Chelsea last time out.

Antonio’s pace, power, energy, effort and workrate made all the difference for the Hammers.

And that did not go unnoticed by West Ham fans. Supporters have started to question Haller’s effort.


Even during his late cameo against Chelsea, Haller was chalk and cheese in comparison with Antonio.

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TC backs record buy to come good

But West Ham legend Cottee, a man who knows a thing or two about scoring goals for West Ham, has backed Haller to come good.

“Hello Nicola, I’d go with Haller and Antonio, but I would always play two up front,” Cottee said during a Twitter Q&A session.

“He (Haller) started the season well, found the back of the net but he’s just looked a bit isolated, I’m sure he’ll come back and score more goals.”

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Cottee had backed Haller to end 20-year wait

Back in September Cottee backed Haller to break West Ham’s farcical striker record (talkSPORT).

No West Ham player has scored 20 or more during West Ham’s time in the top flight since John Hartson 22 years ago in the 1997/98 campaign.

Super John bagged 24 in all competitions that season.

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