It’s never easy to make a good first impression for your new club in front of thousands of fans.
Even more so when you’re having to do so in an entirely new division away from familiar surroundings.
And, to make matters just that bit more complicated, when the team you’re facing has won back-to-back Premier League titles with 198 points, you’re always going to be up against it.
All of these things are exactly what West Ham new boy and record signing Sebastien Haller had to endure on his Premier League debut against Manchester City, following his £45m arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.
Playing upfront against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens is never an easy job. As a forward, you have to feed off scraps, work hard, try and win your aerial duels and be accepting of the fact that you won’t get many chances – industry off the ball should definitely be near the top of your agenda.
It’s hard to get involved when a side like City just pass it around you at the back, but in Haller’s case, he proved that he can make an impact in these sort of games for the Hammers and ensure that he isn’t a peripheral figure.
Whilst the Irons were thrashed by City and ended up losing 5-0, the stats above suggest that the 25-year-old held his own quite well against the Citizens.
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Haller showcased his defensive side and the industry that he has in his locker with four tackles and three interceptions, proving that he was at least a nuisance for City when he could’ve instead just pressed mindlessly and be passed around like a training cone.
The 6 foot 3 striker also won two aerial duels and did manage to test Ederson in goal, albeit just the once.
He won’t remember his Premier League debut fondly given the scoreline, but industrious forwards of this ilk are invaluable when playing a team like City and Haller’s performance bodes well for further encounters in the English top-flight.