West Ham United could be boosted by the return of record signing Sebastien Haller to the squad that faces Burnley tonight.
West Ham have been without the Frenchman in all four games since the restart due to an injury.
Conspiracy theories have been rife about Haller. The £45million signing has endured a difficult debut season at West Ham.
But he was excellent in the win over Southampton and unlucky not to score against Arsenal before the break.
Haller was also said to have been looking very sharp in friendlies against QPR and Crystal Palace before the season resumption.
Haller conspiracies rife
Some fans believe Haller has not featured as the club plan to sell him.
Others have suggested Haller’s next appearance – his 30th of the season – will trigger another payment in the deal with Eintracht Frankfurt.
The fact West Ham were reported to FIFA last week for non-payment of the latest instalment to Frankfurt only adds fuel to the conspiracy theories (Sky Sports).
But insiders such as ExWHUemployee and Claret & Hugh have insisted he is injured.
Theories set to be debunked if Frenchman returns after fitness test?
ExWHUemployee admitted last night that not even David Moyes or Haller himself knows at this stage whether he will be fit to return.
Ahead of the crunch game against Burnley – which could go a long way to deciding whether West Ham stay up this season – Claret & Hugh revealed that Haller faces a fitness test.
And Haller could be set to return to the squad for Burnley after pictures of him in training at the London Stadium were posted online by West Ham’s media team.
West Ham post pictures of Haller involved in final preparations for Burnley
Haller was pictured all smiles in training in what the club described as the ‘final preparations’ before Burnley.
And he was also pictured running with his teammates in the images on West Ham’s Twitter feed.
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Speaking as a guest during the defeat to Tottenham, West Ham legend Bobby Zamora revealed that several current Hammers stars feel Haller is a soft touch and must toughen up.
If he plays against Burnley then he will have to act on their advice fast.
Sean Dyche’s side present the toughest physical test in the Premier League.
Haller’s return to the bench will be a huge boost for Moyes who has been overly reliant on Michail Antonio since the restart.