Former England striker Darren Bent believes that Sebastien Haller is likely to be growing increasingly frustrated at West Ham.
The Frenchman joined the Hammers from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer after a prolific season in the Bundesliga last year where he scored 15 goals in 29 appearances (Transfermarkt).
He carried that form into the start of the current campaign with West Ham and netted four times in his first seven league outings. However, recently he hasn’t been on the scoresheet and he has failed to bag in his last seven (Transfermarkt).
Bent has suggested that Haller will be growing frustrated at the club and pointed to a lack of creativity as the reason why the goals have dried up for the striker.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham man said: “At the start of the season when they were feeding him, they were scoring goals left, right and centre.
“It’s been indifferent performances, people haven’t been creating much for him, he’s been feeding off scraps and he’s not scoring which is no surprise.
“When you’re not creating chances for somebody, as a centre-forward who’s there to score goals, he’s going to become disillusioned, become frustrated, become angry. There’s no point pointing the finger at him saying he can’t score – you’ve got to give him the opportunities.”
Bent certainly has a point here. Whilst Haller hasn’t scored many of late it is not as simple as just pointing the finger of blame at him – you also have to look at those who are supposed to be providing the service.
Their creative players at the moment aren’t doing their job either, which is making life more difficult for the French striker.
Indeed, according to SofaScore, Manuel Lanzini has created just two big chances in 11 appearances, Pablo Fornals has the same number in 14 appearances whilst Felipe Anderson has just four to his name, also in 14 games.
That means that arguably the Hammers’ three most inventive players have provided just eight big chances between them all season, which isn’t good enough.
So it is little wonder that Haller isn’t scoring too often as he isn’t being provided with the service, which will certainly be frustrating him.
Is Haller a busted flush?
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