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Edouard: West Ham’s big summer mistake

West Ham must regret their decision not to sign Odsonne Edouard this summer after starting life in the Premier League with a bang …

What was the word

In the last week of the window, Eurosport journalist Dean Jones claimed it was between Crystal Palace and the Irons in the running for the Frenchman’s signature when Celtic tried to persuade him as he entered the final year of his contract with Parkhead .

But just days later, Express’s Ryan Taylor revealed that Hammers boss David Moyes had actually turned down the opportunity to sign Edouard despite the apparent need for a new striker.

And on the deadline, the 23-year-old joined the Eagles on an initial £ 14m deal worth £ 70,000 a week that could jump to £ 18.5m in add-ons, according to Sky Sports.

Has WHU missed something with Edouard?

Yes 100%

Yes 100%

We will see ..

We will see ..

Under no circumstance!

Under no circumstance!

Which way went?

After the course of events on Saturday afternoon, people in the London stadium will certainly be disappointed not to have signed the new Palace talisman.

West Ham was held in a frustrating tie by Southampton, a game in which they failed to hit the net and leading scorer Mikhail Antonio was sent off.

Most clubs could cope with the loss of just one striker, but Moyes has no other recognized senior player in the role as he didn’t sign one this summer and thus made the decision not to sign a player like Edouard very stupid.

But to add insult to injury, the France U21 international made his debut for Palace and scored a brace against the Spurs, further punishing the Irons’ stupid mistake.

While it’s still early days, it is reasonable to assume that Edouard will be able to maintain this form throughout the season as he is clearly a proven goalscorer and many players were able to adapt to the Scottish premier league when they arrived in the Premier League – Virgil van Dijk, John McGinn and Kieran Tierney are three prime examples.

During the 2020/21 season, the former Hoops striker topped the charts for goals scored (18), total shots (110) and total shots on goal (53) across the SPFL, as well as second place in attempted dribbles (108). , via Sky Sports.

Edouard, valued at £ 18million, scored a total of 86 goals and provided a further 36 assists in 179 games, with a direct contribution every 97.5 minutes on average, according to Transfermarkt.

No wonder that he was praised as “talismanic” and “unstoppable” by ex-bosses Neil Lennon and Barry Ferguson during his time in Scotland.

According to the evidence this weekend, east Londoners must regret Moyes’ big call not to sign the prolific shooter. It’s one that they could long regret as the season progresses.

AND in other news, forget about Antonio: £ 26million West Ham star who lost possession 16 times, abandoned Moyes …

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