West Ham United’s club record signing Sebastien Haller has been named as talkSPORT’s number one Premier League summer signing.
The Frenchman joined the east London outfit from German side Eintracht Frankfurt for big money, and has kicked on with a fantastic start to life in English football.
talkSPORT’s entry on their website read: “Haller had a difficult start to life at the London Stadium but he has really come into his own in recent matches, with his four goals in seven appearances representing a great return for the Hammers.
“He always seems be in the right position at the right time, and that was clear for all to see when he was on hand to slot home against Crystal Palace on the weekend.”
Haller seems to be the ideal lone frontman to thrive in Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s system. The Chilean knows he has plenty of top class attacking midfield talent, and so he wanted a similarly gifted attacker who could hold the ball up, bring others into play and finish the moribund chances West Ham’s playmakers create. The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals are all extremely gifted on the ball, and Haller has made the most of their creative instincts thus far. The statistics tell you everything you need to know about what a good job he has been doing at the London Stadium. As per WhoScored.com, the 25-year-old is currently averaging 2.4 shots and one key pass per game, while he has picked up an assist to go with his four goals. He’s also being fouled more than once per outing, which tells you that he is rattling opposition defenders. As we saw on Saturday against Palace, he knows how to get on the end of things, and has proved to be a huge upgrade on what the Irons had up front last term.