Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood believes his old club will have no regrets over selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
Haller became West Ham’s record signing after joining the east London club from Eintracht Frankfurt in a £45m deal back in 2019, but failed to make the kind of impact that was expected.
The 26-year-old managed to score just 10 goals in 48 league appearances before departing in January for Ajax, where he is now thriving. There, he has managed to score six goals and provide five assists in only 10 Eredivisie games, showcasing his skill as a striker.
Ultimately, it has been quite the revival by Haller at the Johan Cruijff Arena. Even so, Harewood is certain West Ham will not rue their decision to let him go. He told FFC in an exclusive interview:
“I don’t think they’ll regret selling him. No way, because it just didn’t work out for him at the club. He did try, he is a lovely guy and sometimes it didn’t really work out for him.
“He was lucky to get away and lucky for West Ham to let him go because sometimes you get stuck with players sometimes at clubs [because] of fees, how he is and his wages and stuff. But it was lucky for him and the club to try and give him another club to go and show what he can do.
“I’m happy for him because he’s a top-class player, but it just didn’t work out for him at West Ham.”
Fifth in the Premier League table and only two points behind that final Champions League spot with a game in hand, West Ham are undoubtedly doing just fine without the Ivory Coast international.
Currently, manager David Moyes is blessed with an array of quality attacking options, including Jesse Lingard. The 28-year-old joined on loan from Manchester United in January and has made an instant impact, scoring four goals in his first six games for the club.