It has been nearly three years since West Ham turned down Wissam Ben Yedder when he was at Toulouse.
In summer 2016, the Hammers were pursuing Ben Yedder but decided against signing him because he was too small, according to a report by Football.London.
And ever since, it has been a case of what could have been with Ben Yedder thriving at Sevilla and West Ham often struggling up front.
Wissam Ben Yedder snubbed for Simone Zaza
West Ham were searching for a new striker in the summer of 2016 and Ben Yedder’s name emerged. The Toulouse forward had just scored 23 goals in 41 games for the French outfit and was highly rated.
In six seasons with Toulouse, Ben Yedder scored 71 goals in 174 games. But West Ham decided against signing him. At 5ft 7in tall, he was deemed too small and weak.
Slaven Bilic was the manager and David Sullivan the chairman at the time. And between them, they decided to sign Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri instead, paving the way for Ben Yedder’s move to Sevilla.
Zaza and Calleri were both flops, scoring a combined total of one goal during the 2016/17 season. Meanwhile, Ben Yedder has been loving life in Spain.
Wissam Ben Yedder since West Ham snub
Ben Yedder netted a hat-trick over the weekend in Sevilla’s 5-2 win over Real Sociedad to take his season tally to 24 goals in just 35 games.
It is his best season since joining Sevilla after he scored 18 goals and 22 goals respectively in his first two years with the La Liga club.
West Ham, however, are still without their 20-goal striker. Marko Arnautovic wanted to leave in January, Javier Hernandez has dipped in and out of form, Lucas Perez has been frozen out and injury-prone Andy Carroll is unlikely to earn a new contract.
Sullivan will be kicking himself now when he looks at Ben Yedder’s stats; he could have had a striker who breezed past 20 goals in early March.