Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has taken aim at the West Ham board for the deal that saw Sebastien Haller exit East London in January.
The Ivory Coast international was bought for £45million from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019 but left for Ajax earlier this season for £20million, at a £25million loss to West Ham.
Speaking on ‘The Price of Football’ podcast (Episode 153, 03/05/21] Maguire was dumbstruck by the deal but stopped short of labelling them the worst run club in the Premier League.
“I think it’s a spectacularly bad deal,” he said.
“West Ham actually are the seventh biggest loss-making club in Premier League history, that’s going back to 1992/93.
“But my gut reaction is they are not the worst run club.”
Haller never set the London Stadium alight, scoring just 14 goals in 54 appearances with the Irons, but he was sold in January without the club having a ready-made replacement lined up.
With the injury-prone Michail Antonio as our only other senior striker we were left in the lurch.
True to form Antonio suffered an injury against Wolves and has missed our last three games, the last two of which we have lost with wingers Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard forced to play as auxiliary forwards.
That’s left David Moyes hamstrung trying to fit everyone else into a system, and it’s all come about due to the sheer panic and greed in the West Ham boardroom.
They saw a quick £20million and pocketed it at the first thought, wary that such an offer would not come again for a failing forward.
But they should have played the long game and kept him at the club until the summer when we could source a suitable replacement, and possibly extended his value.
We could certainly do with his presence up front now as we stumble to the finish line for the European spots.
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