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‘Don’t blame Haller’ plea

Haller – crying out for more support

Sebastien Haller has started to attract some criticism for recent performances after his bright start at the club.

He has been defended in part for the manager’s decision to play him in a one up role which of course is a more than valid point.

In a recent blog I suggested he showed a lack of touch and played little part and that maybe that’ why Maxi Gomez was Pellegrini’s preferred original option given his desire to play that way.

However,  CandH forum follower James took me to task declaring: “Let’s not go for the easy scapegoat. Haller thrived in a partnership last season, if you can’t give him that then you have to get players around him.

Rather than complain when you’re marquee signing isn’t running himself into the ground chasing lost causes,  surely the real question is why isn’t the system getting the best out of the quality that we have?

Whilst it might inspire a bit of fight now and get the fans behind you, I’d rather a functioning system than relying on one player to carry the side and criticising when the big money signings don’t .”

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10 comments on “‘Don’t blame Haller’ plea

  1. He’s becoming a New Carrol in as much as he’s never in the box..not blaming him as the service is awful ! But coming deep or going wide is pointless other than getting involved in the game but leaving the box empty.

    • Excuse me , Wembley 1980 but you Are so completely wrong it makes me wonder if you ever watched Andy Carroll !! . He is the Prime example of injuries ruining a career . If Carroll could have kept injury free we wouldn’t be having this discussion . He Gave it his all whilst trying to recover , but he just couldn’t do it and despite his injuries he was and is heads & shoulders above Haller . I know there are thousands of fans all lined up to criticize Carroll but they still cheered when he scored those vital goals that kept us in the Premiership coming off the bench .
      “ He’s becoming a new Carroll “ ???!!! . He isn’t injured or been injured , he is just a rediculous sighning being played badly or he is useless,,,, which is it ? .

      • we could have Ronaldo, Messi and Suarez up front and we would still struggle to score goals. Need to break more quickly than we are currently.

  2. I think the problem is that he is not perceived as working hard enough or being aggressive enough. To a certain extent I can understand that he could have become a bit fed-up with being stuck up on his own with virtually no support and no service. That’s all down to the way Pellegrini plays and the make-up of the Squad.

    All hopes seem to be resting on the return of Michail Antonio and I hope Pellegrini is brave enough to play Haller and Antonio up together – our Season could depend on that decision!

  3. Get in a manager that is tactically aware then Haller will thrive. When he first come in he looked a world beater, under Pellegrini he looks like Dowie.

    • He never looked like a world beater under Pelligrini . And probably never will . But yes , I agree with the opinion that Pelligrini has stifled him . That’s why my option would be Moyes as Manager . Stick Rice in as CF would be my big call .

  4. He doesn’t play well as a lone striker.. easy really..
    Why keep playing him as such?

  5. I really like Haller. A totally different kind of centre-forward with amazing football touches. BUT there is no excuse and reasoning for laziness. Every player must be analysed correctly with no sentiments involved. Haller, has not used his height to gain advantage for himself nor his colleagues. His failure to get into a goal scoring position is alarming. And his recent lethargic movements does not encourage no one. In his defence however, Anderson and Yarmo are selfishly looking for glory instead of creating chances for Haller. Then there is the Pelligrini affect on brining the worst out of centre-forwards !!!!

  6. What I would like to know is what was Haller told before signing as to playing style ! Was it made clear he would be a single striker – a style that does not seem to suit him at all . If told otherwise then MP is responsible for a serious breach of trust and gross mismanagement for simply signing a striker , any striker to save face on not signing Gómez .
    On the other hand if Haller was told he would be a single striker – then is he here for the money!

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