FC Koln are well within their rights to demand a huge fee for Anthony Modeste this summer. Without the Frenchman’s 23 goals, the North Rhine-Westphalia giants would probably have been embroiled in the all-encompassing Bundesliga relegation battle rather than harbouring realistic European dreams.
Modeste, whose has picked up a helpful penchant for stunning volleys, has Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running scared in the race for the Torjägerkanone. Literal translation? The Goal Cannon. The award is even cannon shaped and everything.
After all, the Daily Mail claimed in January 2015 that his former employers Hoffenheim were willing to sell for just £5 million. The striker himself, meanwhile, was reportedly keen on a second stab at the Premier League after failing to net a single goal on loan at Blackburn Rovers in 2012.
And though there are teams in the Premier League in greater need of goalscorers, it’s fair to say West Ham and Swansea may have endured slightly less miserable seasons with Modeste leading the line.
As it stands, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic faces an uncertain future after following last season’s sixth placed finish with a disappointing campaign which has had fans fretting over the possibility of relegation on more than one occasions.
For Swansea, however, the fears are even more palpable. Paul Clement’s side are currently two points adrift of safety while the recent injury to Fernando Llorente robbed them of any serious goal threat.
Would things be different had they taken up the opportunity to sign Modeste for a sixth of his current value?