There was plenty of excitement emanating from the London Stadium when West Ham signed Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer back in the summer of 2016.
The defensive midfielder arrived in east London off the back of a stellar five-year spell with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Things didn’t quite work out for the 51-capped Norway international with the Hammers, however.
Nordtveit made 16 Premier League appearances for West Ham, racking up just one assist and no goals (Transfermarkt). During those outings, he made just 18 tackles and 24 interceptions (premierleague.com).
The Hammers swiftly moved him on to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2017 for around £2 million (The Sun).
But how has Nordtveit got on since then?
In truth, the 29-year-old really hasn’t done that much. In 39 games for Hoffenheim, the Norwegian has racked up just one goal and two assists (Transfermarkt).
The defensive midfielder played 15 Bundesliga games for his club in the 2017/18 campaign, and then eight in the 2018/19 campaign, before being loaned to Fulham in January 2019 for the remainder of the season.
He played just five times for the Cottagers before being sent back to Hoffenheim last summer.
Nordtveit has made just four Bundesliga appearances for the German outfit so far this season, so his is clearly not a regular starter.
Hoffenheim are sitting comfortably in eighth spot in the table at the moment, just three points adrift of the European places.
It seems as though the 29-year-old hasn’t really had much of an impact for the Bundesliga side, however. In fact, it has been very similar to his time at West Ham. And the last two-and-a-half years have proven that the Hammers were right to move Nordtveit on.