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Le Tissier delivers verdict on Haller


Matt Le Tissier appeared to be impressed by West Ham attacker Sebastien Haller after his display in the 3-1 win against Watford on Saturday.

The pundit was asked by Jeff Stelling after the Hammers’ first win of the season what he made of the club’s summer signing and he claimed West Ham fans will soon take to him.

Le Tissier described Haller as being a real handful against Watford and highlighted how the forward tried to score with an acrobatic backheel during Saturday’s clash.

“I think so (will West Ham fans like him), he was a real handful y’know,” said Le Tissier on Sky Sports News (17:34, Saturday, August 24th).

“He made a good opportunity for himself in the first-half, good acrobatics, he scored with an overhead kick but he had one in the first-half where he didn’t go for the traditional overhead kick but he went for a backheel one and he got it on target but the keeper saved it.”

“But yeah, the West Ham fans will take to him pretty quick.”


Haller scored twice to not only to get off the mark for the Hammers but in order to help Manuel Pellegrini’s side get their first win of the season. The Hammers got brushed aside by Manchester City in the opening match of the season, and then drew with Brighton last weekend, so it’s good news that West Ham haven’t wasted any more time getting three points on the board. Haller was the club’s big marquee signing in the summer as West Ham broke their transfer record to sign him for £45million, as per BBC, and it’s a relief that it hasn’t taken him long to start trying to pay back his transfer fee. The 25-year-old only managed to have one shot at goal against Man City despite touching the ball 48 times, as per WhoScored, before missing the Brighton clash through injury. Haller may have touched the ball less against Watford, he had 45 touches (Source: WhoScored), but he got the ball in better positions as he managed four shots, with three hitting the target. The 25-year-old also proved he was a force in the air on Saturday as he won seven aerial duels, which was more than any other player on the pitch.

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