Manuel Pellegrini dropped a transfer clanger by signing the wrong Spanish midfielder for West Ham United in the summer and a new report proves it.
West Ham were heavily linked with a £13million move for Eibar’s box-to-box midfield ace Joan Jordan back in June (Sky Sports).
Indeed the player himself has since admitted he almost joined the Hammers (Estadio Deportivo).
But instead West Ham spent an extra £11million to bring Jordan’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Fornals from Villareal.
In the meantime Jordan was snapped up by Sevilla.
Fornals struggling to adapt
So far Fornals has struggled at West Ham.
So much so that Pellegrini was forced to publicly defend Fornals and explain his difficulties on the club’s official website following the dismal defeat to Everton last time out.
Over in Spain Jordan has been so impressive for sixth-placed Sevilla that fans are already up in arms when he doesn’t play and he is being tipped to force his way into the Spain side.
In a special in-depth report on Jordan by The Daily Mail, the 25-year-old is described as a ‘real all-rounder in Sevilla’s engine room’.
The report continues: “A technically strong, box-to-box midfielder, with an impressive passing range, both long and short. He is also a goal threat with his shooting from distance and expertise from set-pieces.
West Ham will be ‘kicking themselves’ over Jordan
“His second Sevilla goal this season combined both qualities. A 25 yard, inch-perfect free-kick that left Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco rooted to his spot.”
The report claims West Ham will be ‘kicking themselves’ about missing out on Jordan.
“Almost certainly (they will be kicking themselves), not least because his transfer value has trebled to around £40m according to the CIES Football Observatory,” the report states.
“Sevilla have made a strong start to the season both at home and in Europe. (They’re) sixth in La Liga and top of their Europa League group. And Jordan had been their most important player.
“So important in fact that manager Julen Lopetegui has been repeatedly criticised whenever he has subbed Jordan or left him out, not least when he started him on the bench for Sevilla’s trip to Barcelona before the international break.”
Back in East London, Fornals is struggling to come to terms with the physicality and tempo of the English game.
Pellegrini backing Pablo but did he need him in the first place?
That’s not to say he won’t eventually of course.
But any West Ham fan worth their salt will tell you, they have needed a box-to-box midfielder for years.
The protracted but ultimately doomed pursuit of William Carvalho is proof the Hammers hierarchy knew that too.
So why they opted for a playmaker like Fornals, when Pellegrini already had several to choose from, is somewhat baffling.
And even more galling given Jordan’s superb showing so far for Sevilla.