Nobody has had a hand in more goals than Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller this season. The big Frenchman has put significant wind beneath the Eagles’ wings with an impressive seven goals and five assists… and he hasn’t even started every game.
bundesliga.com takes a closer look…
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Country: France (capped at U21 level)
Standing at 6’3” tall, Haller cuts an intimidating figure at the point of the Frankfurt attack… when he plays. The former Auxerre and Utrecht man has had to share game time with fellow attackers Luka Jovic and FIFA World Cup runner-up Ante Rebic this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from having a direct hand in 12 goals in 732 minutes – or one every 61 minutes he has played. Haller joined the Commerzbank Arena ranks in the spring of 2017 and helped his side lift the DFB Cup in his maiden campaign. It’s been nearly three years since he last featured for France at any level, but after lifting his output this season, Les Bleus could do worse than to give him a call as they look for a long-term successor to Olivier Giroud. At 24, Haller is eight years younger than the world champions’ current first-choice No.9.
Plays a bit like: David Trezeguet
With an imposing physical stature allied to a rare ability to make and take goals, Haller’s style of play is reminiscent of another French attacking great: David Trezeguet. The same height as the former Juventus star, Haller – like Trezeguet – can hold the ball up and has the wherewithal to set up teammates if their path to goal is clearer than his. Haller can also finish with both feet should it be his turn to strike, though, and even has a penchant for overhead kicks, as his Goal of the Year winner last season attests…
Watch: Haller's 2017 Goal of the Year winner!
Did you know?
Haller was a France U21 teammate of fellow Bundesliga stars Benjamin Pavard and Corentin Tolisso, of VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich respectively. All three started the last time Haller pulled on the dark blue shirt of his nation – as did Paris Saint-Germain pair Adrien Rabiot and Presnel Kimpembe – in a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland at the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2015. All except Haller went on to win full international recognition, with Rabiot the only one who didn’t make it to Russia. Without a senior cap, Haller remains eligible for Cote d’Ivoire, for whom he qualifies through his mother…
What they’re saying
“Bringing in Haller, obviously gives you a bit more strength up front. He can hold the ball up, he’s big, and he showed his quality today.” – Frankfurt midfielder Jonathan de Guzman after Haller’s point-saving contribution against Nuremberg.
"I always want to score goals, but I'm a team player first and foremost." – Haller on his own game.
“A bulldozer couldn’t knock him over!” – Former Frankfurt and current Bayern coach Niko Kovac.