It’s a big call to change a team’s approach based on one player, and to use a system that changes from Pellegrini’s favoured 4-2-3-1 to one he has never used – but it could just be the best way to get the most from West Ham’s best player.August 21, 2019
West Ham’s new striker, Sebastian Haller, could turn out to be one of the signings of the season if West Ham can find a way to get the best out of him. At Eintracht Frankfurt Haller was part of the one of the best front threes in Europe, along with Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic. Haller scored 15 goals, or 25% of Eintracht Frankfurt’s total of 60. Jovic netted 17, while Rebic got 9. Between them, the trio also managed a number of assists: Rebic got four, while Jovic got five and Haller nine, with three of those being scored by Jovic.
Frankfurt’s trio had an almost telepathic understanding. Crucially, though, Haller did not work alone – supported both by superb wing backs, and two forwards of real calibre, Frankfurt’s system got the best out of the French striker and did not overload his playing responsibilities by asking him to do too much.
There is, of course, a danger that West Ham ‘could’ do just this, and try to get Haller to be all things to all systems.