The former Premier League forward was asked whether the current Hammers forward was capable of being the first West Ham player since Tony Cottee in 1987 to score 20 goals in a top-flight league season for the club.
Hasselbaink shared he thought Haller was capable of scoring 20 goals in a single Premier League season, before predicting him to score at least 15 goals based on his attributes.
“Yes, I know him very well, he used to played in Holland at Utrecht, he did ever so well there that he got a big move to Germany and now to a bigger level, the Premiership,” said Hasselbaink on Match Centre (11:38am, Friday, October 4th, Sky Sports News).
“He scores different kind of goals, strong boy, good player and should be able to scored fifteen plus goals”
West Ham have been screaming out for a prolific forward to lead their front line for many seasons, and Haller does look like having all the qualities needed to fire the Hammers to glory. After all the 25-year-old has already managed to grab three goals in his first six league outings despite still settling into the Premier League following his summer move from Eintracht Frankfurt. It’s also very promising that someone like Hasselbaink is confident that Haller can be West Ham’s goal source. After all, the retired forward knows all about what it takes to score goals in the Premier League as he scored a very impressive 127 goals in 288 league appearances (Source: Premier League). Aside from his goals, Haller has been a breath of fresh air for Manuel Pellegrini’s side due to how he can physically impose himself on games. The Frenchman stands at 6ft 3ins tall, as per Transfermartk, and has no doubt already left a memorable impression on some of his opponents this season as he has won 7.2 aerial duels per game on average (Source: WhoScored).