West Ham must be rueing the decision to not sign Odsonne Edouard this summer after he kickstarted life in the Premier League with a bang…
Heading into the final week of the window, Eurosport journalist Dean Jones claimed that it was between Crystal Palace and the Irons in the race for the Frenchman’s signature as Celtic looked to move him on as he was entering the final year of his contract at Parkhead.
But just a few days later, Ryan Taylor of the Express revealed that Hammers boss David Moyes had actually rejected the opportunity to sign Edouard despite the obvious need for a new forward.
And on deadline day, the 23-year-old joined the Eagles in an initial £14m deal worth £70k-per-week, which could rise to £18.5m in add-ons, per Sky Sports.
After how events played out on Saturday afternoon, those around the London Stadium will surely be gutted to have not signed the new Palace talisman.
West Ham were held to a frustrating draw by Southampton, a game in which they failed to find the net and saw leading goalscorer Michail Antonio sent off.
For most clubs, they’d be able to cope with the loss of just one forward but Moyes does not have any other recognised senior player in the role, having failed to sign one this summer, thus making the decision to not sign a player like Edouard very foolish.
But to add insult to injury, the France U21 international made his debut for Palace and bagged a brace against Spurs, further punishing the Irons’ silly mistake.
Whilst it’s still early days, it’s reasonable to think that Edouard can keep up this form throughout the season as he’s clearly a proven goalscorer and many a player has been able to adapt from the Scottish top-flight when arriving in the Premier League – Virgil van Dijk, John McGinn and Kieran Tierney being three prime examples.
During the 2020/21 campaign, the former Hoops striker topped the charts for goals scored (18), total shots (110) and total shots on target (53) in the entire SPFL, as well as finishing second for dribbles attempted (108), via Sky Sports.
On this weekend’s evidence, the east Londoners must be rueing Moyes’ major call to not sign the prolific marksman. It’s one they could long regret as the season rumbles on.