David Moyes shocking admission as to who he considers to be the player that “got away” from him during his time at West Ham.

A lot of managers need a certain type of player to make everything tick. For David Moyes, it’s a tall, hard-working, box-to-box midfielder who will put everything on the line. During his time at West Ham, he had exactly that in Tomas Soucek.

Despite fans calling for the Czech Republic captain to be dropped throughout the 2022/23 season, the Scotsman stuck with him which ultimately saw him refind his form the following season. However, one of these players clearly wasn’t enough for Moyes as he has revealed that he was desperate to sign Scott McTominay after Declan Rice joined Arsenal.

“Lots of managers have hard luck stories about players that get away and McTominay is one of those for me because I tried to sign him for West Ham last summer,” Moyes stated. “It was always going to be hard to replace Declan Rice with any one player when he joined Arsenal, and we were not planning to do that – we wanted to bring in a couple of midfielders instead.”

“We bought two really good players in James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, so that was the cover, but Scott was certainly one of the players we had a big interest in as well. He is a good all-round midfielder, but to me his best attributes are arriving in the area, or the edges of it, at the right time to score or make some chances.”

“McTominay was a player who I felt I needed at the time, but we didn’t quite get it over the line and he went on to score a lot of big goals for Manchester United last season instead.”

Ultimately we will never know whether the Scottish international would have been the saving grace at West Ham, but he is certainly not worth the money Manchester United were demanding for him. You do have to question though if he really would’ve been a smart signing considering how similar he is to Soucek. You wouldn’t have been able to play them both, but you can’t have seen him dropping either of them to the bench.