This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
When Lucas Perez arrived at West Ham from fellow Premier League side Arsenal for £3.96 million in 2018, per Transfermarkt, fans were not sure what to expect. He had managed seven goals in 21 appearances for the Gunners but was never really favoured in North London and barely made the starting eleven, leading to them considering him surplus to requirements. It took only a season for the Hammers to feel the same way and he ended up being an unsuccessful signing who the club had to move on for a loss.
The striker wanted to make a name for himself in England following his failure at Arsenal, but in his 15 appearances for the Irons in the Premier League, he only scored three goals, whilst he scored three more goals in cup appearances. His offensive stats for this season highlight how little of an attacking influence he had at the club, as he managed on average, 0.5 key passes a game, 0.6 shots per game and 0.3 successful dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
Was Lucas Perez a total dud?
Clearly he struggled in England and the striker himself felt the same, when he spoke to Marca about his past, he said, “I didn’t want to take another misstep, where I would not have opportunities, as happened to me in England.”
Highlighting his time at a misstep shows that he knows he did not flourish, even though he goes on to talk about opportunities, but 19 appearances in his season at West Ham is definitely a good amount of games where you can show your quality.
He was sold after his first season to Spanish side Alaves, for £2.07 million, so the Irons lost money on him, £1.89m to be exact. This, added with the poor campaign he had, highlights why he was a total dud for the East London side.
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