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Haller and Co show paying fortunes is madness

Seb Haller’s experiences at West Ham demonstrate one thing: You don’t always get what you  pay for!

Haller has admitted this himself today, coming out and claiming that he regrets his time in east London, and that the price tag was nothing more than an albatross around his neck.

The Irons paid £45m to bring him in from Eintracht Frankfurt, breaking their club record to do so, but one has to say that he will go down as just another of the strikers who arrived at the London Stadium and failed to make an impact.

He scored 14 goals in total, which equates to £3.2m per goal. A bit expensive!

And this speaks to a wider point: Paying fortunes for payers from much-vaunted leagues rarely works despited the regular forum cries to do so!

Brexit might change this a little, of course, but that’s not likely to have much of an impact on the Irons.

Think of David Moyes bringing in Tomas Soucek and Vlad Coufal from Slavia Prague. They’ve both arrived for around £25m combined. Or almost half a Haller.

Some of the biggest exports from the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and La Liga have failed following their exits.

Kai Havertz moved to Chelsea for £72m, per Transfermarkt, and has yet to catch fire; Christian Pulisic moved to Stamford Bridge for £57.6m; Haller’s strike partner Luka Jovic went to Real Madrid for £56.7m; Naby Keita went to Liverpool for £54m and Timo Werner went to Chelsea for £47.7m.

Not a single one of those players has made any sort of impact.

Michy Batshuayi went to Chelsea from Ligue 1 for £33m and is now at Crystal Palace, sitting on their bench. Look at La Liga too; Angel Di Maria flopped at Man United after a £67.5m move from Real Madrid and Alvaro Morata outright failed at Chelsea after a £59.4m move.

The moral of the story here is clear. Forget these so called marquee signings who – to quote a wartime expression of the Americans – are over paid and over here!

West Ham are doing the right thing by exploring rarely-used areas of Europe, particularly the Czech Republic, as the summer window approaches.

At the end of the day, it’s about bringing in the right players rather than throwing money at players from so-called top leagues.

If given the option of having Soucek and Coufal or Havertz and Pulisic, we know who we’d pick!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Haller and Co show paying fortunes is madness

  1. So no player that has ever had large fees paid on them as succeeded, ‘Dave’?

    Maybe if they are well scouted and not bought in a panic, it is different?

  2. Worth saying Dave. So right on so many levels. COYI

  3. Not just players from European Leagues who have tanked big time at West Ham is it. Was Haller really more of a waste of money than Andy Carroll ? Or Kieron Dyer going back a few years. How much did Joe Hart cost us for the one season he spent at the club which was hardly memorable ?

    I would imagine most fans would consider Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek to be probably the clun’s best transfer business for many a year. Coufal for £5 million. Or Ben Chilwell for what Chelsea paid ? It’s quite possible to buy overpriced players locally as well you know. Just ask Manchester United how much they paid for Harry Maguire.

  4. Pulisic is quality, just not good value as overpriced.
    Invest in the academy. Double our current investment. Look for youngsters with potential and ensure those for whom football doesn’t work out are looked after through sponsored education.
    It will pay dividends beyond the money.

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