West Ham were heavily linked with a move to sign Ivan Toney in the summer but David Moyes eventually passed up on the opportunity.
And that now looks like a very big mistake from the Hammers boss.
At the time, West Ham desperately needed to bring in some quality competition and cover for Michail Antonio. We failed to do that in the summer and the same thing happened in the January transfer window.
Moyes now has Antonio as his only recognised senior centre-forward option at the London Stadium. That is quite clearly not acceptable for a club with apparent ambitions to challenge for honours both domestically and on the continent.
Addressing that particular situation in the summer will be a necessity for the Hammers. We can’t help but look back and think what might have been though…
Ivan Toney would have been a great signing for West Ham
The 25-year-old Brentford hitman has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.
Toney has bagged 11 goals and two assists in 24 Premier League games for the Bees so far this season (Transfermarkt).
He has found a whole new level entirely over the past two months, however, bagging eight goals in his last six games for Brentford (Soccerbase).
Ivan Toney has everything that the Hammers need. He has pace in abundance, possesses great movement and is obviously a great finisher.
Standing at 6ft 2in, the striker offers his team a real focal point to their attacking play.
He would have provided West Ham with an entirely different option to Michail Antonio through the middle.
He is much more of a target man/poacher type striker than the 31-year-old is. And because Antonio is Moyes’s only centre-forward option, the Scot doesn’t have a Plan B to revert to when things aren’t going well.
Why Moyes decided against signing him in the summer is anyone’s guess. Perhaps the West Ham owners didn’t want to risk spending £30 million on a striker who had only done the business in the Championship at the time. Nobody really knows.
What is clear and obvious to see, however, is that the Hammers made a big mistake by not signing Ivan Toney last summer.
And it will be interesting to see whether West Ham try to rectify that mistake at the end of this season.