Tony Cottee has been blown away by the impressive start that Sebastien Haller has had at West Ham.
Haller, 25, has scored three goals in three appearances for the Hammers since his £45million switch to the London Stadium from Frankfurt in the summer transfer window.
Ex-West Ham striker Cottee scored 146 goals across two spells at the London club and he reckons that Haller could have what it takes to also be a prolific marksman for the Irons based on what he has seen so far.
“First and foremost West Ham paid a lot of money, an incredible amount of money for him. Credit to the board for spending the money,” Cottee told talkSPORT on Wednesday morning [09:30am].
“However, that puts pressure on a player, he’s the £45million man and he’ll be judged on goals. If you play rubbish but score the winning goal you’ll get the praise.
“What I like about him, right from the first 20 minutes against Man City, he was putting it about, and he’s now got his goals.
“The best was his finish against Watford from three yards out. It’s an art. You’re getting in the position, there’s no one near you, it’s because you’ve got a football brain to get in that position. Everyone was raving about the overhead kick but I was interested in the tap-in.
“If you can get 15 tap-ins a season, that’s your goals. No one’s done it for many, many years for West Ham. It’s early days for Haller, but I think he can do it.”
West Ham look as though they finally have themselves a proper centre-forward who knows how to stick the ball in the back of the net. Haller has been superb in his last two appearances, scoring a brace against Watford before grabbing his third Hammers goal in the 2-0 win against Norwich before the international break. One good thing about Haller is that he’s unlikely to be called up to international duty for France any time in the near future due to the outstanding strength in depth that the reigning World Cup champions have at their disposal in his position. That is perhaps something that West Ham have not had in former strikers. Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Simone Zaza, Diafra Sakho and Demba Ba have all had international duties to worry about during their spells at West Ham where they have either struggled for form or suffered injuries. Haller does not have that worry and is likely to be well-rested and raring to go once the Hammers take on Aston Villa on Monday night.