West Ham fans are rueing the fact that their club turned down the chance to sign Leicester’s James Maddison.
The 22-year-old was signed from Norwich last summer for £22.5m and he has been a big success for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
He’s scored seven goals and added eight assists in 40 appearances and, according to the official Premier League Twitter account, he’s created 50 chances from set-pieces in the Premier League – six more than any other player.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 19, 2019
West Ham were strongly linked with Maddison last summer but decided against making a move.
“He was one of about five midfielders they were looking at… He was scouted against Chelsea but it was considered his performance wasn’t good enough and with Lanzini as well, it was considered we had a player in a similar mould as him.”
That’s looking like a big mistake now, with Maddison settling into the top flight brilliantly, Jamie Carragher saying Liverpool should sign him and Gary Neville saying, “I think he is outstanding. I think he will be playing for England a lot of times.”
Maddison is on £55k-a-week at Leicester [Spotrac].
Here are the best reactions from West Ham fans:
Why moyes turned him down idk
— WILL⚒ (@WHUFCWILL) August 19, 2019
Why did we not go after him or is it just cause Moyes didn’t like him for one match away against Chelsea, he’s gone back to the same stadium and played amazingly today
— Haller time (@GingerPele22) August 19, 2019
We thought Wilshere was the better bet
He was a cracking player at Norwich so good luck to him and Leicester.
It’s what you deserve when you cough up and give a player a chance
— Richard (@Richardod64) August 19, 2019
The guy is real quality, I wish the club had shared your enthusiasm when they had the chance…
— Alex (@CaptinTom) August 19, 2019
It annoys me every game.
— Dave (@babydave1985) August 19, 2019
Just what we need and needed
— Chris Cheeseman (@ChrisCheeseman2) August 19, 2019
And this man ladies and gentleman forged a career as a top manager! He’s also the reason West Ham never made a bit for James Maddison. Because he didn’t think he was good enough! https://t.co/K3JQSG9XFl
— Ian McKee (@ianmckee58) August 13, 2019