Lacina Traore recently completed a loan move from Monaco to Everton, and he chose The Toffees ahead of West Ham United. The Hammers were in desperate need for a striker and eventually brought in Marco Borriello after Traore's rejection.
The Ivorian attacker has now revealed why he chose Everton over West Ham, and after Jose Mourinho's comments about their "19th century style of play", Traore's comments add further emphasis to this.
Lacina said "I looked at the styles of play of the two teams we are talking about and the way in which Everton play is more of a passing side. It was quite close but Everton was my choice." He added "The style of Everton suited my technical ability."
This will be disappointing for Sam Allardyce and West Ham fans to think that they could have attracted Traore and perhaps a whole host of players if their style of play was perhaps a little more attractive.
Mourinho said yesterday that Chelsea's 0-0 draw with West Ham wasn't a good advert for the Premier League. Yes, there were no goals, and West Ham played very defensively, but watching a struggling side gain a point away from home to Chelsea is entertaining in my opinion.
Obviously Mourinho would prefer a more open game where his side can run riot but West Ham battling for a point is more interesting that a standard 3-0 Chelsea win. La Liga has games where Real Madrid and Barcelona score five or six past the lowly teams, but that all becomes a bit boring.
It was a great result for West Ham, and a turn up for the books which does make the Premier League exciting. What makes it boring is if every result was predictable. This season has provided many surprise results, and that's what we love about the league.
Big Sam and West Ham fans will be delighted with that valuable point, so why should they play any other way in that type of game?
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