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Moyes tells Haller: A smile might help you score for West Ham

The West Ham striker, who has just one Premier League goals this season, has struggled to make a return on his club-record fee since joining the Hammers from Eintracht Frankfurt last year.

The forward, who this week declared his international allegiance for the Ivory Coast having represented France at youth level, has drawn criticism for his demeanour on the pitch, lacking the energetic and all-action approach of Antonio, but Moyes has backed the 26-year-old to start delivering and that a smile might help.

Moyes said: “I’ve got to tell you he’s got a very good capacity to run, he’s an incredibly fit athlete, a powerful man, 6tft 4in. So he’s got an awful lot of good attributes, and let me tell you he can run.

“I think his demeanour at times, and I’ve said to him many times, a smile now and again, maybe I’m not the best one to be saying that, but a smile now and again makes a big difference.

“We enjoy him, he’s a good guy to be around, his work has been very good. So I hope we can get it, get the best from him, but also we need him to be motivated.

“As I said, he’s got a very good reputation. He’s the one who has to maintain that, and that’s by showing what he can do.

Sebastien Haller | Goalscoring record

Goals (appearances)

Eintracht Frankfurt: 33 (77)West Ham: 12 (43)

“If you’ve ever had the chance to look at his goals for Eintracht Frankfurt, he’s very similar, celebrating in the same manner, doesn’t always smile. Sometimes does, sometimes doesn’t, so I don’t think we’re seeing anything different to what the man was before he came, so it’s not as if he’s any different.

“But the game we play, if you’re fortunate enough to be a goalscorer it’s probably the big moment where you normally see a really good reaction from people who score goals, and excitement in many ways.

“I think he can do it, I think he’s a goalscorer, he’s a handful. I think he’s got a really big reputation in many parts of Europe and I hope he can continue to build that here.”

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