Teddy Sheringham has told Love Sport Radio that Sebastien Haller has been struggling because West Ham have not been playing to his strengths, whilst predicting that the Frenchman will come good soon.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45 million in the summer of 2019 (BBC).
He has struggled to impress at the London Stadium , however, with just six goals in 22 appearances to his name.
It could be argued that Haller has been too isolated, however, and he certainly isn’t getting good enough service on a consistent basis.
The 6ft 3in hitman thrived in Frankfurt last season when playing alongside Luka Jovic. But he has been mostly used as a solitary striker for West Ham.
And Sheringham urged the Hammers to utilise Haller more effectively between now and the end of the season, when speaking exclusively to Love Sport Radio:
“I think the problem with Haller is they haven’t been playing to his strengths, with Moyes coming in – I think he will realise what he’s good at and what kind of service he likes. He’ll come alive, he’s had that settling in period he hasn’t done great, I think he’ll be alright and we’ll see the best of him from now until the end of the season.”
Sheringham is right. Haller does need better service. But at the same time, the 25-year-old needs to work harder and make more of a nuisance of himself.
The Frenchman quite simply doesn’t use his physical attributes to good enough effect.
And if the West Ham striker puts himself about a bit more, he might just find that the goals begin to flow more regularly.