Date: 13th August 2019 at 9:57am
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OPINION

West Ham may have been beaten easily by Manchester City at the weekend but one player who fans should be thrilled with is summer signing Sebastien Haller.

Although Haller, 25, failed to get on the scoresheet as the Irons lost 5-0 to the reigning Premier League champions at the London Stadium, the Frenchman certainly impressed with his overall play and will no doubt shine when playing against teams that aren’t as good as Pep Guardiola’s.

According to stats by WhoScored, Haller completed 89 per cent of his passes on Saturday – a figure which none of his team-mates were able to better, except for Javier Hernandez who was substituted on in the 65th minute.

Haller [31] made more accurate passes than central midfielder Jack Wilshere [21] and only Declan Rice was able to match the four tackles that he completed during the 90 minutes.

Man City have a superb defensive force with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back and summer addition Rodri looked solid for the Citizens in the defensive midfield role.

However despite that, Haller was really involved in the match by winning tackles, completing passes and getting one shot on target.

While fans would expect their £45million striker to be hitting the target more often than that, at least with the one chance that Haller had, he was able to direct it towards the target.

It’s not like he was being fed chances on a plate by the midfield and wide players with just one key pass being made all game by a West Ham player when Michail Antonio created an opportunity in the first half.

Haller’s debut was encouraging and there is no doubt that with these stats, he is someone who is already looking as though he can cope with the intensity of Premier League football.

Let’s hope it’s not long before he does get himself on the scoresheet, although Saturday’s clash against Brighton could be a good opportunity to show what he can do again a team widely considered to finish in the bottom-half this term.