Questions will once again be asked by a certain section of West Ham United fans over the decision to sell Sebastien Haller.
The £45m striker was labelled a flop as West Ham took a £25m hit when they sold 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.
Well one of his doubters was the man who mattered most at West Ham – manager David Moyes.
And the saw fit to sell Haller for just £20m and is yet to replace him after electing not to bring in back-up for Michail Antonio over the summer – much to the disdain of West Ham fans.
With West Ham facing the prospect of no recognised striker to play for them against Manchester United on Sunday, the Haller sale will come under the microscope again.
That’s after he scored FOUR goals for Ajax on his Champions League debut in a 5-1 win at Sporting Lisbon.
Haller blasted a hat-trick after just 51 minutes and added a fourth just after the hour.
It has quickly become the hot topic among West Ham fans this evening as the old debate was reignited.
Some West Ham fans had pointed out Haller’s success in the Dutch league since leaving was not a worthy barometer of his quality given the inferior standard of the Eredivisie.
But Champions League football is considered the elite level of club football and Haller has certainly showed his class on that stage this evening.
The former West Ham man opened the scoring after just two minutes nodding into an empty net.
Haller then scored a sliding tap-in seven minutes later. The Ivorian completed his hat-trick with a flicked finish on 51 minutes.
And he scored a FOURTH when he showed great composure to turn his marker and slot the ball home.
Haller is in extremely good company with his four-goal Champions League debut.
He has become only the second player to score four goals on his Champions League debut. The first? The great Marco van Basten back in November 1992!
In fairness to Moyes, West Ham didn’t do too badly without Haller – amassing their best ever Premier League points haul and finishing sixth to qualify for the Europa League.
But Jesse Lingard was effectively Haller’s replacement last season and he snubbed a permanent return.
Now it seems Nikola Vlasic is the man tasked with that role. He did impress in his brief cameo at Southampton so hopes are high.
A penny for Moyes’s thoughts on Haller’s heroics.
It will be interesting to see what the Scot has to say if he is asked about Haller this week.