West Ham United announced Sebastien Haller as their latest new signing in a club-record 45 million pounds.
The man from Ris-Orangis in France has sacrificed the Commerzbank Arena for the swanky lights of the London Stadium.
His arrival is sure to bolster the West Ham squad who have already signed up another top-class prospect in Pablo Fornals, whose partnership with Haller is anticipated with bated breath by finger-tingling FPL owners.
Coming off his most prolific season with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Frenchman scored 15 goals added with 9 assists forming a potent partnership with now Real Madrid import Luka Jovic, as the duo led their side to the Europa League semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Chelsea.
The signing of Haller is certain to improve the attacking potential of the side, combined with the creativity around him, is sure to make West Ham a team to look out for.
Haller throughout his career has been likened to one of his French compatriots and striking peer David Trezeguet.
Possessing the same height as the former Juventus forward, Haller combines his physicality and strength with the ability for the killer pass to slot his teammates through on goal.
His clinical finishing ability is derived from his composure in front of goal which earned him plaudits during his stint in the BuLi.
He is also capable of scoring from both feet and has a penchant for the outrageous, with a couple of bicycle kicks at times as well, one of which won him the ‘2017 Goal of the Year’.
Having claimed himself to be an all-round team player, Haller made good on his claim averaging a goal contribution every 91 minutes in the Bundesliga which seems to only get better with the experience that the centre-forward will gain playing in the top-heavy (physical reference) Premier League.
The player has been capped by Les Bleus across all age groups but has never been able to crack the national team but the doesn’t seem far when Haller will pull on the shirt for his French charges.
His induction is sure to shake up the frontline along with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and with the finishing ability that the two possess, one can only expect West Ham to improve their goal tally past the 52 they scored last season.
His experience of continental football at still a young age of 25 is sure to give maximum hopes to the Hammers faithful, who were anxious in their requests for the club to find a replacement for the outgoing Marko Arnautovic.
“It means a lot (to be the record signing). It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. it is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.”
“For me, I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game” – the French forward said upon his arrival.
Haller has been slotted into the Forwards category and priced at 7.5 million pounds, quite the average price for any striker playing outside the top 6, but provided he makes a good start in the league with the Hammers, that ownership rate alongside his name is sure to shoot up and is also sure to propel West Ham higher up the Premier League hierarchy this season.
More exciting to note is his partnership with the creative forces of West Ham in Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and the aforementioned Fornals – expect this one to be a cracking combination!
Provided he demonstrates the kind of performances he put in for Frankfurt, Haller is sure to be a fan favourite at the London Stadium and sure to be a favourite among FPL managers.
With his ability, his reasonable price tag and some favourable early fixtures, Haller is certainly one that’s worth a punt from the get-go.
“The early bird catches the worm” as they say!