What could have been! David Moyes reveals he REJECTED a move for Man City’s World Cup winner Julian Alvarez while he was at River Plate – with the West Ham boss not convinced by the Argentine before moving to the Etihad
- David Moyes revealed that he missed out on the chance to bring Argentine in
- Julian Alvarez was one of the most highly rated players in South America
- The West Ham manager admitted that he was left unconvinced by the player
- Argentina international later signed for Manchester City before joining this term
West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed he turned down the chance to make an approach for then River Plate forward Julian Alvarez.
Moyes, speaking about players he has missed out on over his career in management, referenced Alvarez one that got away – revealing that a scout came to him a year ago telling him to sign for the young Argentine.
However, having looked at the player himself he decided to pass up on the opportunity. Alvarez signed for Manchester City in January last year before joining in the summer.
David Moyes has revealed he rejected chance to sign then River Plate forward Julian Alvarez
Speaking to the Diary Of A CEO podcast, Moyes made no secret that he had had a few over his storied career, but the recency of his decision to turn down Alvarez made it prevalent.
‘I think it’s the ones I’ve missed, the ones where you say “Nah, I don’t think he’s quite good enough.” I’ve had hundreds of them,’ he said.
‘Just recently, because we’ve been talking about it, Alvarez who has just played for Argentina in the World Cup. I brought in a new scout who says “Look, you should go for Alvarez at River Plate”.
Moyes revealed he rejected a scout’s advice to go for the young Argentine a year ago
Alvarez was crucial for Argentina in their World Cup triumph in Qatar at the end of last year
‘I watched him and I thought he was a very good technician and done so many good things as a centre-forward. But I thought [he’s] maybe not quite the one we want, we had Micky Antonio who had been doing very well and I thought I don’t know,’ he added.
‘You see sometimes the players change in six months but I have to say there are other players like that who you don’t take and don’t go on to be a real success.
‘But that one at the moment is just one where probably because it was only a year ago where I decided “Nah, he’s not one I’m going to take”.’
Since Moyes’ decision to not attempt to sign him, Alvarez has exploded onto the global football scene.
City reportedly beat a number of other top European clubs to his signature, while before joining the English champions he scored six goals in one Copa Libertadores game for River Plate.
Currently, the West Ham manager faces a tall order to arrest his team’s worrying form slump
Having established himself as an international under the Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, he also proved a decisive figure at the World Cup, providing energy and legs alongside Lionel Messi in a front two.
Despite playing a bit-part role for City under Pep Guardiola this season, Alvarez has still managed to impress when given an opportunity to deputise either in front of first-choice Erling Haaland or indeed alongside him.
He has scored eight in all competitions, at a rate of 0.66 goals per 90 minutes.
West Ham, meanwhile, currently find themselves in a sticky situation after a difficult run of results. They currently sit 18th, one point inside the drop zone with fellow strugglers Everton to come this weekend.
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