Well after my first taste of Sebastien Haller’s abilities all I’m perfectly happy Maxi Gomez opted for Valencia.
In a word Msr Haller looks a monster!
Ok, it was a friendly and he was only on for around an hour but after supplying an assist, and adding a goal of of his own, he was mightily impressive even if this was little more than a glorified practice match.
His hold up play looks to be of the highest order and his ability to bring others into the game,whilst – as he showed on one occasion – being ready to fire in a shot cum cross from a difficult angle is exactly what we have been looking for over a long period.
The set up for Fornals goal was all about his unselfishness when he spotted the Spaniard in a better position and had immediately played him in.
His own goal came from Snodgrass’ brilliant corner which saw the Frenchman guide a controlled header into goal where Antonio lurked, just in case it needed a finishing touch.
Those who remember Patrick Kluivert, now the Barca academy chief, will get glimpses of the great man’s playing style in Haller who has the same impressive ‘first touch’ and quick feet for his size.
Already he is showing an understanding with the likes of Fornals and Lanzini which augurs really well for the season. Seriously impressed? I’ve only seen an hour but YEAH, deffo!
Sadly we can’t say the same thing about the situation at the back which really looked pretty worrying and will need to be attended to but for now let’s enjoy Haller and the attacking philosophy of Manuel Pellegrini.
I don’t think we are gonna be short of fun and entertainment this season – do you?