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‘Crazy’ Haller solution to this crazy year?


By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings


To paraphrase that well-known Julie Andrews song from The Sound of Music; ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria (aka Haller)’?

It’s a question that must occupy David Moyes’ thoughts just as much as it seems to the thoughts of so many West Ham supporters right now.

Our big Frenchman, now converted to an Ivory Coast international, is certainly an enigma. Flashes of brilliance to excite us, all too often submerged beneath frustrating mediocrity to infuriate us.

But talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino may have stumbled upon a solution to our problem – whilst looking to solve a similar problem for Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

But Werner has not scored a single goal in his last 11 games – at least Sebastien has scored twice in his last eight games – both spectacular efforts it has to be said.

Cascarino has suggested for Lampard to get the best out of his striker, he needs to invest in a strike partner for him saying: “I’ve seen a lot of Werner and when he was at Leipzig he played alongside Yussuf Poulson, who is a big centre forward…..and thrived.” And there’s the rub.

When discussing Haller some West Ham fans point out at Eintracht Frankfurt he had Luka Jovic alongside him, and like Werner thrived on that partnership. We all know there’s no chance of West Ham knocking on Lampard’s door to ask about buying Werner.

So how about Frank diverting his attention away from his apparent obsession with Declan Rice, and taking Haller to Stamford Bridge to ‘team-up with Timo’?

Not sure we’d get back all of what we paid out for Sebastian  but it would be a problem solved on several fronts. Werner might find his scoring boots again. Haller might find a partner he can work with. Lampard might find a way to hang on to his job  and the West Ham bank manager might end the year with a smile on his face.

It’s been a crazy year – why not end it with a crazy solution?

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5 comments on “‘Crazy’ Haller solution to this crazy year?

  1. Crazy solution leaves us short up front, Allen. Do you think there’s a chance of getting Jordan Hugill back as Seb Haller is thrown out? Or should we try to muddle through with one of the kids?

    • If it was up to me mate when the clock struck 12 I’d be straight on the phone to Bournemouth to tie up a deal for Josh King. He’d take up the slack left by Haller no problem.

  2. And let our rivals Chelsea get the best out of him and Werner?!!! Think not….why don’t we get Jovic and at least try and catch up with Chelsea ?!!!
    Mind you if it keeps them away from Decs I’m all for it, lol. Happy new year all COYI!

  3. Hasn’t he already got two big C/Fs ? They don’t come much bigger than Abrahams and Giroud is on fire.

  4. “Bringing in Haller, obviously gives you a bit more strength up front. He can hold the ball up, he’s big, and he showed his quality today.” – Frankfurt midfielder Jonathan de Guzman after Haller’s point-saving contribution against Nuremberg.

    “I always want to score goals, but I’m a team player first and foremost.” – Haller on his own game.

    “A bulldozer couldn’t knock him over!” – Former Frankfurt and current Bayern coach Niko Kovac.

    So what happened to Haller? Because whatever he was in the bundesliga he doesn’t seem to do here. He doesn’t seem to hold the ball up very well. He loses it more often than not. The ball just seems to bounce off him. Often if he gets the ball in the penalty area he actually kicks or heads the ball away from the goal, not towards it. He doesn’t seem very strong and aggressive for his size. If the Bayern coach thinks Haller is like a bulldozer, what would he make if Michail antonio? He would compare Antonio to a tank wouldn’t he? And Haller saying he wants to score goals but he’s a team player first and foremost … sounds all very well but not sure that’s the right mindset for a striker who wants to be prolific. As the only striker in the team he needs to be a bit more greedy in my opinion.

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