West Ham are not benefitting from Sebastien Haller’s lucrative return to form, it has been revealed…
That’s according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who dropped a fresh revelation in his recent column this week.
He claims that the terms of Haller’s cut-price exit from the London Stadium last January did not include any goal-related add-ons, with the six-cap Ivory Coast international now in red-hot form for his new club Ajax.
The decision to offload the 6 foot 3 forward for an eye-watering £25m loss was largely seen as a success by the club but Haller has been making a solid impression over in Amsterdam ever since.
The 27-year-old frontman scored 13 times in half a season for Ajax and has since continued that goal-laden form into the 2021/22 campaign, where he has netted five goals in just five Eredivisie appearances before he bagged four goals in his Champions League debut against Sporting Lisbon next week.
Unfortunately for the Irons, they’ll be receiving nothing for his scintillating change in fortunes up top. Such clauses aren’t uncommon in transfers of this nature, as Ornstein explains in his article, with the selling club often receiving a bonus if said player scores a certain number of goals.
Haller has averaged a goal every 111 minutes at the Dutch giants, a vast contrast to his time in east London, where he only scored 14 times in 54 appearances, at a rate of once every 262 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
There has to be an argument that Moyes gave up on the club-record signing too soon, particularly as it left him – and still leaves him – with only one senior striker at his disposal, an injury-prone Michail Antonio, who has also started the new season on fire.
But perhaps the biggest mistake here has been highlighted by the aforementioned report.
It may not have worked out for him in England but Haller’s form at Eintracht Frankfurt always suggested that there was a talismanic striker in there somewhere. After all, it’s what made the Hammers strike on a £45m swoop for his signature back in July 2019.
There was always a chance that a player who had previously provided 33 goals in 77 appearances in Germany and 51 goals in 98 matches in his last stint in the Netherlands was going to rediscover his scoring boots at some stage, so it would’ve been smart of Moyes and co to include such a clause.
That’s even more so after taking a considerable financial hit on his departure. It wouldn’t have seen them make up the £25m but further funds from his exit would certainly have made the call to ditch him look a tad better now.
Whilst it just didn’t work out for Haller at West Ham, the club should’ve done more with his departure.
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