On Wednesday, West Ham paid £45million to sign French striker Sebastien Haller from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The fee is a club-record for the team from the English capital. The 25-year-old has joined the Hammers on a five-year deal.
Looks to be a good signing
Haller heightened his reputation last season with his performances for Frankfurt in both the Bundesliga and also the Europa League. The Auxerre youth product scored 20 goals last season in 41 appearances for his German employers, attracting admiring glances from a number of clubs in the process.
He is the sort of big, strong target man the Irons needed to lead their forward line after the exits of the likes of Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and of course most controversial Austrian star Marko Arnautovic.
The signing will bring relief to everybody at the club, as they were fast approaching the Premier League campaign with just Javier Hernandez as their striking option. Even the Mexican is looking to move on reportedly, so this signing was a badly needed one for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
An exciting team developing
West Ham head into next season with the prospect of a highly exciting team. Haller will, of course, be the focal point of the attack. However, behind him will be Andrey Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and another new signing Pablo Fornals. Those three players are full of creativity.
Yarmolenko was highly unfortunate in his debut campaign, playing just nine times for the Hammers before an injury ended his season. The old cliché of him being like a new signing applies here, as it is true. He had such little chance to impress, that he will be like a new signing next season.
Anderson experienced a very promising debut campaign in the English top-flight after a big-money club-record move from Lazio last summer. The Brazilian was one of the Hammers better players last season. He has the sort of creativity that a striker like Haller could thrive on.
Fornals has never quite lived up to his potential in the Spanish game. However, he is highly-rated and has the ability to create, as long as he is given the game time.
On paper, that seems like mouth-watering attacking midfield options. Even if they are light on strikers, they certainly do not lack an attacking threat. Haller seems like the perfect foil for the other attacking players to work off. It should be a winning formula for Pellegrini’s team.
What are West Ham’s objectives for the season?
It is difficult to estimate what West Ham’s targets are for the new Premier League campaign. The Hammers have spent decent money in the last few summers to strengthen their team and squad. Last summers spending only resulted in an 11th place finish in the table for the Irons.
With that in mind, a top-ten finish should be the minimum aim for the new campaign for the Irons. West Ham are currently odds of 6/5 to seal a top-ten finish next season. They are unsurprising longer odds than the likes of Wolves, Everton or Leicester for a top-half finish.
The trio all seem to be eying up a top-six finish next season, never mind a top-finish, even all of them are outsiders to achieve the goal. The top-six may just be out of the Hammers reached. However, if they make a good start to the campaign, then you just never know what they can achieve.
From the outside, it looks like Manuel Pellegrini is building a very good team. However, next season they will need to be far more consistent if they are to be successful.
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