Frank McAvennie shared what West Ham manager David Moyes told him about Albian Ajeti, when speaking to the Daily Record yesterday.
Former Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini brought the Switzerland international to the London Stadium from FC Basel in the summer of 2019 for around £8 million (BBC).
Ajeti flopped badly at West Ham, however. He was never really given a proper run of games, but whenever the 23-year-old was given a chance he failed to produce the goods.
The striker was swiftly shipped off to Celtic in August for around £4.5 million (BBC).
Despite making a decent start to life at Celtic Park, Ajeti has hardly lit it up with the Hoops, scoring just five goals in 18 games for Neil Lennon’s side (Transfermarkt).
And Hammers legend Frank McAvennie shared what David Moyes told him about the 23-year-old, when speaking to the Daily Record yesterday:
“You start asking about buying the players; who is buying the players? I don’t think it’s Lenny. I’ve never seen so much dross come through. How can you get the best out of them? I’ve spoken about Ajeti before. I asked David Moyes about him, the manager at West Ham, and he didn’t know who he was. That’s not a good start for the boy. He never got a game.”
That really is a damning indictment of Ajeti.
It was clear to see that he quite simply didn’t have Premier League quality. And that begs the question – why on earth was he signed in the first place?
Was the 23-year-old scouted thoroughly? It’s highly doubtful.
McAvennie’s comments go to show why Moyes never really gave Ajeti a chance. West Ham are better off without the Swiss striker. Let’s just hope that we don’t make the same mistake in the transfer market again.