Sebastien Haller describes leaving West Ham as a ‘gift’ after being ‘unlucky’ with David Moyes

Signed for £45million in the summer of 2019, the Ivory Coast international has struggled to live up to such a sum, scoring just 14 times in 54 games.

While suggesting Haller was a total flop might be too much, there is no doubt that he was one of many big-money signings who failed to live up to the hype that West Ham made under the direction of Manuel Pellegrini.

Life at Ajax, however, proved to be much more fruitful.

Haller has scored 45 times in 56 appearances so far and currently trails only Robert Lewandowski in the Champions League charts this season with 11 in 7 outings.

Reflecting on his success on the biggest of stages, West Ham boss David Moyes recently praised Haller for his contribution in helping the team stay in the Premier League before embarking on their recent upward trajectory.

Haller, however, told Westtbasis he “was aware” he had “no prospects” under the Scot.

“I was unlucky with a coach who had a different idea,” he said.

“My style of play just didn’t match his system of play. As a result, I was aware that I had no prospects and would therefore hardly be used.

“He needed a different type of striker. Sitting on the bench was not allowed to become a permanent condition. Then the offer from Ajax came suddenly, which I saw it as a gift, an opportunity that I absolutely wanted to seize and that I have not regretted for a second.

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