Premier League great Didier Drogba hails ex West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller after more Champions League heroics.
West Ham’s decision to sell Haller for a paltry £20 million has come under increasing scrutiny as he continues to break scoring records for Ajax.
Haller outshone £150m rated Erling Haaland on club football’s biggest stage – the Champions League.
The £45m striker was labelled a flop and West Ham could not get him out of the door quick enough when they took a £25m hit to sell Haller to Ajax in January – just 18 months after signing him in a club record deal.
Haller divided opinion during his time at West Ham.
Many Hammers fans were glad to see the back of him after a frustrating spell in east London. Others feared he would leave and go on to prove his doubters wrong.
Haller made it six goals in his first three Champions League games when he scored and assisted twice in Ajax’s 4-0 hammering of Dortmund on Tuesday night.
The former Hammer had already become only the second player ever – after the great Marco van Basten – to score four goals on their Champions League debut when Ajax beat Sporting 5-1 in week one.
He then became the first player to score five or more goals after two games in the win over Besiktas.
And he cemented his place as Champions League top scorer with his goal against Dortmund.
In doing so he broke an 18-year-old record held by Chelsea legend and his Ivory Coast compatriot Didier Drogba.
Premier League great Drogba hails ex West Ham striker Haller after he breaks his 18-year-old record
The 27-year-old ex West Ham man became only the second African player to score in his first three appearances in Europe’s top competition.
According to Opta, Chelsea legend Drogba was the first African to achieve that feat in 2003.
And Drogba – who ironically almost signed for West Ham before joining Chelsea – has hailed Haller following his latest heroics.
“His performances for his club give him a lot of confidence and in the national team, he is decisive,” Drogba said after his performance against Dortmund (Le Foot).
“He is an attacker on whom we (Ivory Coast) will be able to count in the big meetings.”
Whatever is said about the decision to sell Haller, there is no getting away from the fact it did not always seem like his heart was in it at West Ham.
But it is difficult for the Hammers to move on until Moyes signs a replacement.