Date: 20th July 2019 at 7:30pm
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Tony Cascarino shared that he thought West Ham had made a good decision by signing Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The pundit was asked to decide if the signing was a hit or a miss and proceeded to rave about the 25-year-old forward while backing him to be a success at the Hammers.

Cascarino heaped praise on Haller for being powerful in the air and suggested he’d cover the loss of Andy Carroll.

“The third one is the most interesting signing of the summer so far, West Ham have signed Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller which is a centre-forward,” said Cascarino on talkSPORT (8:26am, Saturday, July 20th). 

“I know Sebastien Haller through watching him a couple of times in Germany, obviously, they’ve made some big deals this summer, Jovic went to Real Madrid, between them they got lots of goals.

“I think Haller is a fantastic addition to West Ham, leads the line brilliantly, he’s 6ft 3, great at hold up play, makes goals, scores goals, incredibly good in the air, you’ve lost Andy Carroll but you’ve got Haller who has a fantastic jump and is a powerful header of the ball.

“I think that will be a big plus for West Ham United, so I’m definitely going a hit.”

OPINION

Cascarino may have admitted that he has only seen Haller play a couple of times, but clearly the forward left a lasting impression on him. The pundit didn’t seem able to say enough nice words about the 25-year-old and it was no surprise that he backed the attacker to be a hit at the London Stadium. Hopefully, Cascarino is spot on to suggest Haller is about to deliver the goods at the Hammers, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side are screaming out for a reliable goal threat. On paper, Haller does look like being capable of living up to Cascarino’s praise. The Frenchman scored 20 goals in 41 outings across all competitions for Frankfurt in his latest campaign, and he averaged a goal every 148 minutes (Source: BBC). Heller also wasn’t wasteful with the ball at his feet as when he shot more often than not he worked the keeper. After all, 58% of the 62 shots he attempted last season hit the target. So with stats like that, Hammers fans should start get excited over the idea that Heller is set to play for them in the upcoming campaign.