West Ham United had a lucky escape by not signing Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla in the summer of 2021.
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West Ham scouts, and Moyes, ran their eyes over En-Nesyri extensively between January 2021 and January 2022.
In the end, the Hammers manager decided to keep his powder dry and opted against bringing the £40 million-rated (La Razon) striker to the London Stadium.
Moyes absolutely has to get the striker signing 100% spot on if we are to make some genuine progress as a football club over the next few years.
Michail Antonio has been very good for West Ham since Sebastien Haller was sold but he can’t be expected to perform week in, week out…especially when he’s the only striker as the club.
When Haller left for Ajax, En-Nesyri was heavily touted as the man to come in and replace him. The links continued on into the summer of 2021 and even January 2022. Many fans waxed lyrical about the Morocco international. It seems as though Moyes made the right decision by not signing him though…
West Ham had a big En-Nesyri escape
Thankfully, Moyes passed up on the chance to bring the 24-year-old striker to East London. It may well have ended up being a huge waste of money, had the Scot decided to sign him.
En-Nesyri scored just five La Liga goals for Sevilla in 34 games this season (Soccerbase).
In fact, after the links with West Ham in January 2021, the 24-year-old has bagged only 13 goals in 54 games for the Spanish club (Soccerbase).
The Moroccan did absolutely nothing against us in the Europa League last-16 tie over both legs. He looked like he couldn’t handle the physicality of our defenders which says a lot about his chances of succeeding in the Premier League.
It proves that most of the time, patience and due diligence is the best policy.
That said, Moyes must sign a top-class striker this summer. We absolutely cannot go another season with Antonio as our only option up top.
West Ham had a lucky En-Nesyri escape, but that shouldn’t put us off from taking an expensive plunge in the transfer market this summer.