Sam Allardyce has stated that he could have signed Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for West Ham United during his tenure in east London.
This revelation came while he was on talkSPORT, as he admitted: “He [Mickey Mellon] rang me up and he said ‘We can’t sign Jamie Vardy; he won’t stay with us Sam. Give us a million quid and it will be the best signing you have ever made’.
“And that was quite a bit of money for a non-league player, I’m talking 2011, in my first season at West Ham.
“I just wondered if Jamie could jump out of the conference and come in for our first year of the Premier League.
“So I didn’t do it and I have been kicking myself ever since because he went to Leicester instead with Nigel [Pearson] and [Craig Shakespeare] Shakey.”
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The striker has gone on to have some career despite Allardyce’s doubts, winning the league title with the Foxes during a season in which he broke the record for goals scored in consecutive Premier League games.
While there are many fans who have mourned the fact that they didn’t get to see the former England international in claret and blue, there are plenty of others who simply see this as Vardy having a lucky escape.
The opinion seems to be that he would have been ruined at West Ham, getting injured or failing to adapt to the direct style of football Allardyce played, before being shipped off to a team lower down the footballing pyramid.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the revelation, including posts from doubtful West Ham fans, can be seen below:
Don’t worry Sam like every other West Ham Striker without service he would have failed with us and been sold on for 500k to Accrington Stanley and never heard from again he’s actually probably got you to thank for his career
— Mark Jarvis 1975 (@MarkJar04553736) November 5, 2019
We would have ruined his career anyway. Never would have excelled at WHU like he has done at Leicester
— Algoithm (@Algoithm) November 5, 2019
Don’t worry he’d have been rubbish for us #thewesthamway
— Richard Buckley (@Topcase77) November 5, 2019
Probably would have got injured
— Ken Tanner (@KenWestHam) November 5, 2019
He’d have got injured and ended up at Colchester or Bristol Rovers.
It’s the WH way.
— Duncan Fuller (@DuncanFuller) November 5, 2019
It was for the best, we would of ruined him
— Ant Weeks (@weetbix20) November 5, 2019
Wouldn’t have fit into his hoof it style
— @Dannyreid34 (@dannyreid34) November 5, 2019