Malaga coach comments on struggling West Ham loanee Sead Haksabanovic

A general view outside of the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Sead Haksabanovic impressed for Premier League outfit West Ham United in pre-season but Manuel Pellegrini sent him to Malaga

West Ham United's Sead Haksabanovic at Deepdale on July 21, 2018 in Preston, England.

Sead Haksabanovic certainly turned heads in pre-season for West Ham United.

The Montenegrin international failed to make a single Premier League appearance in his debut season last year since his £2.7 million move from Halmstad. But, after starring over the summer, many West Ham fans were hoping that the 19-year-old would be handed his chance to impress by Manuel Pellegrini.

 

But the veteran Chilean obviously believed that Haksabanovic was better off elsewhere. According to Marca, Pellegrini was the driving force behind the attacker joining his former club Malaga on loan.

Not that the teenager has made the impact West Ham would have hoped for in the Spanish second tier. Haksabanovic has not been included in a single match-day squad since moving to Malaga.

Sead Haksabanovic of West Ham United in action during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on April 20, 2018 in London, England.

And, according to El Desmarque, Haksabanovic has rejected the chance to link up with Montenegro over the international break in order to win over Malaga manager Juan Muniz – a decision that has impressed the 49-year-old.

“Everyone likes to play for the (international team). He has taken a step forward in his adaptation,” Muniz said.

Malaga have impressed in the absence of Haksabanovic, however, sitting top of Spain’s second tier with six victories out of eight. So why change a winning formula?

Shilow Tracey of Tottenham tackles with Sead Haksabanovic of West Ham during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Chigwell Construction Stadium on...

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