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.
West Ham United had a big summer before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, spending nearly £100 million on new signings, per Transfermarkt, and alongside Sebastien Haller, the club also bought another forward, Albian Ajeti. They spent around £7.83 million on the player, via Transfermarkt, but looking at how he has fared in his debut season highlights that the club may have wasted their money on the attacker.
Does Ajeti deserve a chance at the club?
The 23-year-old played in his home nation of Switzerland for FC Basel before his move, and had an impressive goalscoring record at the club, picking up 43 goals in 96 games, via Transfermarkt, and this combined with his age meant that on paper it looked as though the Hammers could have found a good striker to strengthen their squad for many years.
So far, this has not been the case however as similar to many new players, Ajeti has struggled in his first campaign in England. He has not just found it difficult to adjust to the level, but he has struggled to even be picked for the Irons, with Manuel Pellegrini and more recently David Moyes barely giving the Swiss any chances. In fact he has only managed to get 128 minutes of Premier League football, via WhoScored, in nine appearances and for the last four games before football was postponed, he was not even making the bench.
Similar to many new signings in the division, Ajeti has been given opportunities to impress in the domestic cups, but it clearly did not go well as again he failed to score and the club were knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup early, per West Ham.
You could argue that maybe the attacker does need more time to be given a chance, however with the Hammers being a club battling relegation, per BBC Sport, they can not afford to take risks and give players off form chances. It has already been reported throughout the season that the Swiss international will be sold, and he was linked with a move away from the club as early as December, according to a report from Claret and Hugh.
Transfermarkt have already decreased his market value, as they estimate he is worth around £4.32 million and as it stands, but the East London side may be lucky to even get that. Some players just don’t make it in England, and Ajeti looks to be one of them by the looks of his first campaign.
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