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West Ham’s record signing Sebastien Haller grabbed his first two goals for the club against Watford in the Hammers’ last Premier League outing, showcasing his predatory instincts with some well-taken efforts from inside the box.
The two goals made him the club’s top scorer in the league this term after three games.
Whilst you would expect the 25-year-old to be pleased with his match-winning double, Haller has shown just how high his personal standards are with his words in the aftermath of the 3-1 win.
Haller told The Evening Standard: “It was a terrible game for me against Watford. It was not my best game but at the end I got two goals and that is the job of a striker.
“It is not easy to judge a player when he plays well but he does not score, but Saturday was the opposite. I am just happy because I helped the team to win.”
That first sentence from Haller tells you everything you need to know about the 6 foot 3 forward’s mentality.
“It was a terrible game for me against Watford” is the nine-word response that proves the powerful striker wants more goals, better performances and is striving for the very best at the London Stadium.
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It is probably the reason why he managed to hit an impressive 15 Bundesliga goals whilst also recording nine assists last term – with his peak years still looking likely to be ahead of him, his comments should certainly excite a large portion of the London Stadium faithful.
Haller’s words will also presumably be music to the Hammers fans’ ears as it has been a long time since they have had a prolific frontman leading the line for them for an extended period of time; Marko Arnautovic threatened to change that before his time in east London eventually ended in acrimonious fashion.
There is certainly more to come from the £45m man given the immensely high standards he has clearly set for himself.