Former Marseille striker Tony Cascarino believes West Ham made the right decision to bring in Sebastien Haller as Marko Arnautovic’s replacement in the summer.
The Austrian was sold to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua back in July and while Cascarino thinks the ex-Hammer was more talented on the ball, he says Haller more than makes up for it by helping his team and leading from the front:
“He leads the line brilliantly. Obviously, I don’t think he has the same amount of flair or brilliance that Arnautovic could bring to the table, but what he is, is a far bigger team player than Arnautovic. He can chip in with goals but you look at West Ham and you just think ‘ooo’.”
Haller has been a big hit so far since his £45m switch from Eintracht Frankfurt. His three goals in six games has seen him hit the ground running in the Premier League.
However, he hasn’t scored in his last three outings, against Aston Villa, Manchester United and Oxford, and he will be looking to put that right when the Hammers face Bournemouth this afternoon.
The Frenchman has started all but one of West Ham’s league games this season and he will almost certainly be in the starting eleven at the Vitality Stadium.