Manuel Pellegrini has pointed some of the blame for West Ham’s lack of goals at the door of Sebastien Haller, and many fans believe he has picked on the wrong target.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the match against Sheffield United, the Chilean said that Haller requires better movement in the box, which indicates that he believes the problem isn’t a lack of service.
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That puts him at odds with the thinking of several fans, some of whom have become frustrated with the underwhelming performances of the Hammers’ creative players this season, and for good reason.
Pablo Fornals has failed to make an impact since his summer move with zero assists in 11 games, and whilst Felipe Anderson has provided four assists he has still fallen short of the standards he set last season – as highlighted in his anonymous display against Goodison Park last week.
That led to him being hauled off at half-time, but Manuel Lanzini stayed on, another player who has been the focus of fan dissatisfaction, with some accusations that he doesn’t get close enough to Haller on the pitch, supported by the fact he has just one assist in eight games this campaign.
Here are some of the reactions questioning Pellegrini’s comments, with many blaming the midfield for a lack of support.
Imagine playing up front as a lone striker and never receiving a decent ball in the box – Pellegrini 😂
— tonygibson (@tonygibson) October 24, 2019
MP had officially lost it. Surely its the service that’s missing here?
— Gez Barton (@bartong2011) October 24, 2019
He needs more service and support from the midfield
— Matt B ⚒ (@MattB70875356) October 24, 2019
Would probably be beneficial for seb if someone swung a cross in every now and then
— Bill. (@BillyHull22) October 24, 2019
I’d like to see more from everyone behind him, the poor bloke is living off scraps at the minute!
— Hammer H (@bonzomoore) October 24, 2019
The people in the back row of the Billy Bonds stand get closer to Haller than most of our team. Maybe MP should try a tactic that doesn’t leave him utterly isolated!
— Mike Cawston (@mikecawston) October 24, 2019
Need to give him some chances we create nothing at the moment with our crab like movement
— hammerhead (@larryberyl) October 24, 2019
Don’t think its a coincidence that Lanzini’s dip in form in a 10 role has coincided with Haller not scoring recently. Play Yarmo up top with him, you never know
— Russell Kirby (@rustyk1971) October 24, 2019
It’s the midfield and fullbacks we need to see more from. He’s picked the wrong scapegoat here.
— Costia (@CostiaAHTV) October 24, 2019