West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has defended his decision to choose Andy Carroll over a potential move for Wilfried Bony in 2013.
The Hammers’ boss had had his eye on the Ivorian striker when he was in prolific form for Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 and had the option to bring him to Upton Park for just £8 million.
But the former Blackburn Rovers manager has explained that Bony was considered too much of a risk and the club did not have enough money to purchase both him and Andy Carroll.
Bony a risk
Writing in an article on the London Evening Standard website Allardyce said: “Whatever anyone says now, at the time a bid for Bony, unproven in English football, would have represented a bigger risk than Andy, an established Premier League player.
"Whatever anyone says now, at the time a bid for Bony, unproven in English football, would have represented a bigger risk than Andy, an established Premier League player"
“The likelihood of achieving success, had we signed Bony, was far less than with Carroll. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but, at the time, we were looking at these two possibilities.”
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Big Sam’s Grand Slam
“In my experience over more than two decades in football management, you always have to minimise the risk.
“David likes a gamble, which is no problem at all, and when it pays off it’s great. If you keep going down that route, though, you end up with more failures than successes.
“It’s particularly rewarding when one of those gambles pays off for everyone, but it’s difficult to see how you can keep doing it without threatening the club’s growth.”
Don’t dwell on the past
But Allardyce was keen to remind everyone that the risks they have taken in the most recent window have more than paid off – and haven’t been too expensive either.
“Diafra Sakho, at a lot less than that sum, could prove to be a one-in-a-million signing. Likewise Enner Valencia and Cheikhou Kouyate have made bright, encouraging starts.
“As far as Bony is concerned, I wish him well wherever he plays but for one player we could have signed, who then went somewhere else and did well, there are many we have looked at and decided against signing, who have gone elsewhere and not been a success.”