When West Ham United sold Portuguese ‘wonderkid’ Domingos Quina to Watford in the summer it raised eyebrows.
Quina came with a big reputation when he was snapped up by West Ham after previous spells in the youth academies at both Benfica and Chelsea.
Footage from development team matches often backed up the ‘wonderkid’ tag attributed to the youngster.
Goals from long range and audacious skill were Quina’s trademark.
West Ham sold Quina to Watford for just £1 million
He found his way into the West Ham first team squad on occasion under both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.
But the 19-year-old failed to impress when the chance came.
Quina was linked with Barcelona in the summer (Sky Sports) before ending up at Vicarage Road in a deadline day deal worth just £1 million.
That shocked Hammers fans who felt it was typical of their club not to command a decent transfer fee.
Quina scored a superb long range goal on his debut for Watford against Reading in the league cup.
But he had to wait until Monday night at Everton to earn his full Premier League bow.
Portuguese youngster impresses on full Premier League debut
And this time he didn’t disappoint with a superb, mature display at Goodison Park to help Watford secure a 2-2 draw in a game they were unfortunate not to win.
There was disappointment in the West Ham ranks, though, judging by the reaction of the club’s supporters.
Taking to Twitter, some Hammers fans were gutted to see Quina perform so well.
Many pondered how exciting a midfield partnership could have been between the attacker and midfield enforcer Declan Rice.
Others slammed the club saying it was ‘crazy’ Quina was allowed to leave for ‘peanuts’.
‘Best young player in the league’
Here is a selection of posts from Twitter reacting to Quina’s performance.
Impressed with quina tonight! Been decent in midfield with Rice at West Ham
— Chris Lindsay (@gazlindsay05) December 10, 2018
Really impressed with Quina, it would’ve been easy for him to hide on such a big occasion, but he got involved and was good to watch – crazy to think that West Ham let him go for peanuts
— Tom Weber (@tomalexweber) December 10, 2018
Quina is class. God knows why West Ham let him go🤔🧐#Watfordfc
— Lord Moretti (@lordmoretti) December 10, 2018
West Ham couldn’t give Quina a game 🤣
— this mess just (@pelzic) December 10, 2018
Why did West Ham let Quina go? Seen him a handful of times and he’s always been quality
— Lee Barratt (@LeeGallows) December 10, 2018
Quina pierwsza połowa bez kompleksów. Nie boi się wejść w drybling, potrafi rzucić dobra daleką piłkę i nawet w defensywie pomoże. Pozytywnie. Szkoda, że West Ham nie dał mu poważnej szansy, ale agent zrobił swoje.
— Piotrek Świtalski (@slepson91) December 10, 2018
Alright so…. DOMINGOS QUINA IS GOD BOW DOWN TO HIM
— JaykobSpelman (@JaykobSpelman15) December 10, 2018
Best midfielder on the pitch tonight. Domingos Quina is going to be a superstar and we got him for only £1m. pic.twitter.com/wzvWamBTiA
— Lou (@Ioubakio) December 10, 2018
Tonight was the night that Domingos Quina became a superstar https://t.co/PaAItSfjcU
— max🏴 (@maxlcey) December 10, 2018
Domingos Quina had Everton’s midfield on strings. Dropping back collecting from deep, bringing it forward and pinging passes Barcelona would be proud of. Despite the gutting late equaliser, what potential this man has. Gino pozzo working his magic again.
Up the Watford 💛
— Jack (@Jack_Law1999) December 10, 2018
‘Still fuming we sold him’
What a performance from Domingos Quina tonight. Full of energy and boy has he got some silky feet on him. So excited to see more from him; he should have a starting place nailed down for now.
— Jake (@_JakeHorwood) December 10, 2018
Domingos Quina played very well on his full Premier League debut vs Everton. Still fuming we sold him & for just 1M aswell. Hes going to the very top as long as his agent (💩) doesnt f*ck things up imo
— Mahfuz (@MahfuzLDN) December 10, 2018
What a performance by Domingos Quina on his first Prem start btw 🔥 #EVEWAT
— Jonjoselu (@HarryWilding_) December 10, 2018
What a player @WatfordFC have in Domingos Quina unbelievable performance today from that lad
— Benno (@Benno50708533) December 10, 2018
Domingos Quina. Baller
— Jazz (@JayOfon) December 10, 2018
Domingos Quina is the man
— Ferg (@JakeRF) December 10, 2018