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Who are Sebastian Haller’s possible replacements for West Ham?
With French striker joining Ajax, West Ham are in the market for a striker that suits Moyes’s style of play
After a disappointing spell at West Ham United, S. Haller has left the hammers for Ajax in the Eredivisie. He was brought to West Ham by the previous manager M. Pellegrini Ripamonti after Haller's brilliant few seasons in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Not only under D. Moyes but also under Pellegrini, Haller was never consistent. Everyone in spells observed his skills and talent, but he couldn't do it on a consistent basis. With Moyes coming in, M. Antonio started more games at center-forward, and Haller was consistently on the bench. Antonio's performances since Moyes's arrival have been strong and effective as well as consistent. Now with Haller leaving the club, West Ham will have to look in the market for a replacement. Not only as a cover for Antonio but also to provide some competition in that position. West Ham are linked with Giroud, Milik, Deeney, J. Rondón Giménez, and even a few surprises like A. Mitrović and L. Jović.
Moyes likes strikers who can hold the ball up and bring others into the game. The striker should be aerially dominant as well as a fine finisher. With these specifics, let's look at the possible strikers that West Ham could sign in January.
Not the most long term player but surely an excellent fix for the next few years. O. Giroud is one of the most underrated strikers of his generation due to his lack of goals. However, with his ability to bring others into the game, along with his vision and movement, he is one of the best at the job. His aerial ability is another aspect of his game, where he is simply world-class.
His significance in the french world cup winning side was massive. He was picked continuously by D. Deschamps despite not scoring a single goal throughout the tournament. Giroud's movement was vital in bringing the best out of the players like K. Mbappé Lottin, P. Pogba, and A. Griezmann.
Giroud has struggled for game time under F. Lampard, but he has scored goals and has looked fit and sharp whenever called upon. Last season, he scored 8 goals in 18 Premier League appearances and recorded 125 minutes per goal. This season, he has netted 3 goals in 9 appearances; however, only 4 out of those 9 appearances have come in starts for the 34-year-old. As a result, this campaign, he has averaged one Premier League goal per 120 minutes. Giroud has also scored an outstanding 5 goals in 4 appearances in which he started just a single game.
He is the type of player and character that Moyes would love to have in the dressing room. The world cup winner himself would also like to join them with the fact that he is going to play alongside creative players such as M. Benrahma, J. Bowen, P. Fornals Malla, and M. Lanzini.
Milik is another striker that Moyes would like to have due to his the Polish international's strong aerial ability as well as a consistent goal scoring record for club and country. He also possesses the hold up that enables other players to join the attack. Despite his not so quick speed, he is still effective due to the timing of his movements.
He is also at the right age to be West Ham United's striker for the upcoming years. In 26 Serie A appearances, he scored 11 goals. The 26-year-old also won over 50% of aerial duels. Milik does lack the Premier League experience, which might play a role in Moyes's thinking. Still, the Polish striker has got the skillset to be a good fit for the hammers.
"Mr. Watford," T. Deeney could be another striker who can do a solid job for Moyes in the Premier League. Not the most talented striker, but Deeney's leadership, physicality, and work rate are the key reasons behind his successful Premier League career. Deeney has proved himself a prominent top-flight center forward on multiple occasions and won't be a bad choice for the hammers. Despite playing for a side that was eventually relegated, Deeney still scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Watford in the 2019/20 season.
Some other Premier League clubs are also monitoring his situation. Burnley and Newcastle United have been following the 32-year-old for a long time now as well as Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur. A few 779 team sides could also be his potential destination.
Maybe not as good as Giroud and Milik, but for a short-term fix, his qualities are worthy for any Premier League side.