This summer saw plenty of interest emerge for the services of French forward Alassane Plea. The Nice attacker had scored 21 goals and assisted seven in the 2017-18 campaign. Premier League teams were among the chasing pack. .
The Premier League teams linked in the summer who must now wish they signed the forward are Newcastle United and West Ham United. As reported by The Chronicle, Newcastle had a £20 million bid for the player rejected in July.
Sky Sports suggested that West Ham were preparing a £27 million bid for the player in July. Those reports seemed to be a little premature. Despite West Ham being keen on the player, spending big money on another centre-forward was not considered a priority.
In the end, he joined Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for £22 million. The results have been incredible.
The Frenchman has scored 11 goals in 12 games for his new club, including a hat-trick against Werder Bremen at the weekend.
“I’m very happy, I feel good in Germany. This call-up makes me very happy. It shows I’m on the right track, that I made the right choice.”
That form has now seen him make the French national squad for the first time. Injuries to Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette have undoubtedly helped his cause but Plea is now training with the world champions.
West Ham and, in particular, Newcastle United must wish they had such a potent attacker in their ranks this season.