West Ham United dodged a ball with their failed pursuit of Josh Maja in January as the Girondins de Bordeaux forward turned out to be a flop at Fulham.
The Irons were credited with an interest in a move for Maja before the Frenchman joined on loan the Cottagers threatened with Scott Parker’s relegation, with the Sunderland product being targeted as a replacement for Sebastien Haller.
David Moyes had a keen awareness in the 22-year-old as he faced an uncertain future in Ligue 1 after falling out of favor at Matmut Atlantique, where Jean Louis Gasset had only granted Maja 11 starts in 17 appearances high level this quarter. .
Should West Ham have signed Maja in January?
Yes it would have been awesome
No he’s not good enough
Fulham eventually came to his rescue and offered Maja a move to the Premier League on deadline day, and would seal his signing on a half-season loan with an option to buy £ 9million.
It remains to be seen whether South West Londoners intend to buy the former Nigeria international, but his form across the capital will have given West Ham the confidence that they have made the right decision in moving away. negotiations with Bordeaux.
Maja made his 11th outing for the Cottagers on Sunday as they held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw thanks to the London-born striker who converted within a quarter of an hour of the second half. time, after Gabriel Magalhaes was deemed to have committed a fault. Mario Lemina.
It was only the third goal Maja has scored for Parker’s side since arriving after a brace at Everton in February, having had the first Premier League start of his career at Goodison Park.
He has since started just seven more high-profile games, but failed to get directly involved in the scoring and only helped Fulham earn nine more points in his quest for survival.
Parker expected Maja to reinforce the Cottagers’ threat in the final third when his signing was finalized, as’ the boy is a finisher ‘and he quickly settled into his new club.
Parker said, via quotes from The Independent: “I am very happy that we have him with us and have him on board, and I look forward to seeing his qualities and working with him.”
But Maja turned out to be a disappointing signing for Fulham that West Ham did well to avoid, having made just 0.5 shots on target per Premier League game and offered little offensive creativity to his Cottagers team-mates with 0.5 key passes, by WhoScored.
Haller may not have set the world in burgundy and blue on fire with three goals in 16 Premier League games this season, but gave West Ham a slightly superior option with 0.7 efforts on target and 0.6 assists keys on average per game.
Antonio, meanwhile, has scored seven goals in 21 appearances this quarter thanks to one of his 2.4 average shots on target per game, and offered the second-most assists (5) at London Stadium after a average of one key pass per exit. .
If West Ham had been the one to unveil Maja as a Deadline Day signing, he likely would have spent the next few months sitting on the bench biding his time, turning out to be a flop at Fulham where the minutes were more regularly at come.
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