West Ham United’s decision to snub Liverpool star Andrew Robertson was brought sharply into focus again last night.
Such were West Ham’s problems with the left-back position, David Moyes has been forced to change his entire formation.
Robertson revealed he was wanted by West Ham back in 2014, before moving to Hull.
But West Ham’s hesitation turned into a snub when they decided the interest in Robertson was not worth pursuing and the Tigers snapped him up for just £2.85million from Dundee United.
West Ham decision to snub Robertson and sign Hendrie brought sharply into focus
Six years on Robertson is regarded as one of the best left-backs in world football, making history with Liverpool.
And the Scotland captain made more history on Thursday night as he led his country to their first major tournament for 22 years.
The man West Ham felt was a better investment to compete with Aaron Cresswell at left-back was Robertson’s fellow Scot Stephen Hendrie (whufc.com).
As transfer decisions go West Ham could not have got things more wrong.
While Robertson is ripping it up on at the highest level, Hendrie left West Ham without playing a single game.
Indeed he has played just 55 games in six years for various clubs and currently plies his trade in League Two with Morecambe.
‘West Ham were one of the only ones really spoken about’ – Robertson
Sam Allardyce was manager at the time. But it is the same man heading up transfers as it was back then, co-owner David Sullivan.
Aged 26 and 25 respectively, the difference between Robertson and Hendrie’s value now doesn’t bear thinking about.
Back then it was a difference of just £1.85million between Hendrie’s £1m fee and Robertson’s £2.85m.
That’s probably £1.85m reasons Sullivan elected for Hendrie over his fellow Scot.
Last year Robertson lifted the lid on West Ham’s failure to sign him.
“Before I left, I had a good chat with Steve Bruce, and he’d convinced me really because before that, I was uncertain, because Hull came out of nowhere,” Robertson told Open Goal.
“There were a couple of Premier League teams – I think West Brom were one and West Ham were one – and they were the only ones who were really spoken about.
“Hull then came out of nowhere and they just went ‘we’ll pay the money’, and it wasn’t a hard contract to negotiate,” he added.
One that got away as Hammers still search for a left-back to this day
There are lots of tales about ‘the ones that got away’ at every football club.
But this one is particularly hard to swallow given West Ham have failed to find a proper left-back ever since.
Yes Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have been excellent this season as a centre-back and wing-back respectively.
But as a straight left-back both struggle.
A penny for the thoughts of David Moyes too. What he would do to have his compatriot with him at West Ham right now.