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Don’t risk Haller

Haller disappointing over recent games

Blind Hammer argues that Haller should be rested against West Brom.

Last year. like many fellow Hammers I was desperately disappointed at the lack of ambition Pellegrini showed to the FA Cup. At the time, safe in the Premier League, we should have reversed squad priorities and played our strongest teams in the Cup. instead we fielded weakened teams and wasted a historic opportunity.

This year our situation is entirely reversed. Whilst our relegation rivals, Watford, were criticised for the team they sent out against Tranmere, they made a rational decision. We need to be equally pragmatic.

Whilst Haller has not set the Premier League alight he remains crucial to our hopes of survival. Ajeti is unproven and Antonio’s fitness is always on a knife-edge. We are becoming desperately short of offensive firepower. Lanzini is a shadow of the player he was, Anderson is looking increasingly frail, and the effective introduction of Yarmolenko and Wilshere are distant memories.

Any recruitment in January has, given past experience, less than a 50% chance of hitting the ground running anyway, so
carefully protecting the eggs we currently have in our basket becomes the most important priority over the next few weeks. Not just Haller but Antonio need to be wrapped in cotton wool.

Actually there is a case right now for old-style Allardyce type pragmatism. The most important game for West Ham over the next week is not against West Brom or even Liverpool next Wednesday. We should focus our squad and fitness preparation firmly on next Saturday’s game against Brighton. We face long odds against even wrestling a point away from the currently rampant Liverpool. In contrast, gaining 3 against Brighton is not only achievable but crucial.

I will be rolling up to the London Stadium as normal tomorrow but if I see Haller on the team sheet will be deeply disappointed.


David Griffith

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About David Griffith

My Father, born in 1891 was brought up in the shadows of the Thames Ironworks Memorial Ground. I remember as a child jumping over the settee when Alan Sealy scored in our 1965 European Cup Winners triumph. My first game was against Leicester in 1968, when Martin Peters scored what was adjudged by ITV’s Big Match as the Goal of the Season. I became a season ticket holder in 1970. I was registered blind in 1986 and thought my West Ham supporting days were over. However in 2010 I learnt about the fantastic support West Ham offer to Blind and other Disabled Supporters. I now use the Insightful Irons in-stadium commentary service and West Ham provide space for my Guide Dog Nyle. I sit on the West Ham Disabled Supporters Board and the LLDC Built Environment Access Panel. David Griffith aka Blind Hammer

4 comments on “Don’t risk Haller

  1. Clueless weve got no chance of anything else at least try for a cup run not as if he offers anytjing else in a game least if he acores it. May gove him. Some co fidence in the games ahead

  2. Haller rested ? That’s a laugh.He don’t do anything anyways.If He didn’t play,He wouldn’t be missed at all.Complete waste of money imo. Arnautovich was a much better striker.

  3. I agree the emphasis should be on Prem survival. ‘Doing a Wigan’-winning the cup and getting relegated serves us no purpose at all. We’d lose half the squad and who knows how long it would take to get promoted again-take a look at our history-promotion from the Championship isn’t a given. It’s a dogfight down there. DM will put out a strong team to try and get the win, but it’s the FA Cup, the world’s best club cup, and anything can happen.

    • David is spot on as far as I’m concerned. The most important game for Moyes and the team is Brighton. No question. Forget all the fantasy – the reality is preserving our Premier League existence. Nothing else matters.

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