Both Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson were unavailable for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United side as they drew 1-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Speaking after the game, the Chilean was quoted on football.london as saying: “I hope that both of them will be back next week, Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.”
While this is far from definitive, it does offer hope that the Hammers could have their two most expensive signings ever available for the Watford clash on Saturday.
Haller may have only played one competitive game for West Ham – with that ending in a 5-0 loss – but he has already shown he can be a useful player for the Hammers despite not getting any real service.
The Frenchman displayed his ability to hold onto the ball in different situations, winning two aerial duels as well as maintaining a pass success rate of 88.6%, as per WhoScored.
He even put in a good shift defensively, accumulating four tackles and three interceptions throughout the match.
Anderson showed last season that he can be a dangerous player for West Ham, as he scored nine goals and assisted four in 36 Premier League matches.
The Brazilian also made 1.8 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game in the 2018/19 campaign, while also completing 2.5 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game.
Having Haller and Anderson would certainly be a boost for Pellegrini, with West Ham hoping to secure their first win of the campaign against Watford.
These are the two most expensive players in the club’s history and their aforementioned contributions highlight they could make an impact against the Hornets, who have already conceded four goals this season.
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