West Ham will surely now be regretting not having pushed harder to sign Argentina World Cup hero Gonzalo Montiel in the summer of 2021.

Hammers boss David Moyes allegedly could have brought Montiel, 25, to the London Stadium or just £6 million last year (AS).

Just a few weeks later, the right-back moved to Sevilla for £7 million (Zach Lowy).

At the time I suggested that it was a big error not pushing harder to sign the Argentina international.

Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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And that mistake has now been exacerbated, considering our current weakness in the right-back department.

Montiel was Argentina’s World Cup hero out in Qatar, scoring the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out against France in the final.

Every time he played for his country at the World Cup he really impressed, with a succession of tenacious and energetic performances every time he came on to replace Nahuel Molina.

He would have fitted in perfectly at the London Stadium, and it really seems like Moyes has made a massive error by not signing him…

West Ham dropped a clanger with Argentina World Cup hero

It’s such a shame that we didn’t sign Montiel. I would have absolutely love him at the London Stadium.

With his tenacious tackling, Montiel’s playing style is quintessentially South American, so he seems to be ideally suited to the robust and intense nature of the Premier League.

He has pace in abundance and possesses exceptional technical ability for a defender.

West Ham dropped a clanger with Argentina World Cup star
Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer – GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

Montiel is a real fighter and his battling spirit is exactly what we need at the London Stadium right now.

On top of all of that, he demonstrated his composure and coolness under the most severe pressure by scoring the winning penalty for Argentina in the World Cup final against France.

West Ham really should have signed the Argentina World Cup star in 2021. We would certainly be in a better position now had we done exactly that.

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