Allardyce regrets missing out on Man United target Lewandowski

West Ham's Sam Allardyce admits he rues not signing Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski during his time at Ewood Park

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has scored 35 goals in 43 games this term R Gorączniak, via Wikimedia

Sam Allardyce admits he regrets not signing Robert Lewandowski during the West Ham manager’s spell at Blackburn Rovers.

The prolific Borussia Dortmund striker, who is attracting interest from Manchester United, scored all four goals in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, taking his tally to 35 for the season.

Allardyce was interested in making a swoop for the 24-year-old when the forward was still at Polish side Lech Poznań, but the former Rovers manager never got the opportunity to discuss a potential move to Ewood Park with the player.

The Hammers boss felt the Dortmund talisman could have used Rovers as a “stepping stone” to a bigger club, and Allardyce is not surprised to see the forward hitting such dizzying heights in the Bundesliga.

“I think about it every time I see him play. On Wednesday night, I was thinking it again,” said Allardyce.

“He would have had a period of getting used to the level and the physical presence, but with a talent like that it wouldn’t have been too long before he started to shine and score goals.

“The level he is playing at now is unbelievable, not just his scoring ability but his ability to retain possession.

“There were a lot of people looking at him at that time as well but we had the edge over everyone else because of the attraction of the Premier League. He could have used us as a stepping stone but it didn’t happen.”

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