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At last, Haller speaks for himself

There’s been so many words written about Seb Haller this week it’s good to hear the goal scoring Frenchman speaking for himself.

And he is happy to make it quite clear that although he may not have been smiling he was as pleased as the players who surrounded him after his fine goal against Sheffield United.

Of course far too much has been made about the lack of even a grin but that’s football for you…everything gets exaggerated  however petty.

After scoring for the Ivory Coast in the international break it’s been a good last few days for the striker who is probably likely to get another start against Villa at the weekend.

He came at a top price after a big season at Eintracht Frankfurt and in reality has little to prove – just a chance to continue in his returning form and maybe even the chance to play alongside Mikey.

And speaking at www.whufc.com he said: “I was happy, and I was also really happy to see all my teammates and everyone around was happy for me too. 

“It means a lot, everyone knows it hasn’t been an easy situation for me in the last weeks and months, so to get this goal and the victory in the end is great for myself and everyone.

“I don’t know if I was too tired to think about making a control or something else [when I shot for the goal], but in the end sometimes the less you’re thinking the better you play. 

“It was just nice to score a goal like that without any thinking. Just shoot the ball and get the goal, and that’s it.

Sebastien Haller

“Scoring my first goal for Ivory Coast in my first game was a nice feeling. It means a lot to the country and my family, and now to be back here I’m happy to see the lads and everyone around. To get this goal after those weeks is special.

“It’s a matter of confidence and trying to build things around me. It’s not that easy, we’re all different. You need to find the right balance, and sometimes it needs more time to come, or a bit of luck, or small details to make things really good.

“The only thing I can do is get back to work, get help from my teammates and score goals.”

The Hammers have now lost just once in their past seven Premier League outings, climbing up to eighth in the table in an encouraging start to the campaign and Seb is optimistic for a strong campaign ahead, especially given the togetherness of the squad.

“It is our strength,” he continued. “We know that we need to be all together, stick together with solidarity. We can see on the pitch that we try to work for our teammates.

We’re really happy to win this kind of game because maybe last season we wouldn’t have. We’re all together and this is important as a team to act like that.

The strength of the group can make a difference. If you want to achieve you need to be good individually, but also as a group. It takes time, we have the quality but we need to show it [consistently].”

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2 comments on “At last, Haller speaks for himself

  1. Just saying, when I was a youngster and playing at the mighty Basildon Sunday morning league level, on the rare occasion I scored a goal I never celebrated, I’d manage a smile but that was about it. I was quite extroverted when I was young, but I wasn’t trying to be ‘cool’ or aloof, I just felt a bit embarrassed to let go and celebrate, I felt great inside. I’m not saying that’s the case with Haller but we all have different ways of showing our emotions. Hoping he can keep improving and pushing Ant for a starting place or together and certainly to seamlessly take over when he’s rested or injured COYI

  2. Was happy to hear him come out about the goal & the togetherness. It seems players are speaking to media & on podcasts more then usual. Think some is down to Lock down but think it’s Alos bc of form & unity. Rice so speaking on Haller was great, Cresswell & Antonio on Pods & speaking out Oggy Fornals Bowen Souček great to hear.

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