Winger Sofiane Feghouli was one player who really divided opinion among West Ham United fans.

To some extent he still does.

The Algerian signed for the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 from Valencia.

Feghouli had amassed 31 goals from over 200 appearances across six years in La Liga.

He was known for his silky skills and eye for goal. And it is fair to say West Ham fans were excited about the then 27-year-old’s arrival.

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Feghouli’s short West Ham career

Feghouli has been likened to West Ham legend Trevor Sinclair but things did not really pan out for him in East London.

He scored in his second appearance, a 3-0 win over NK Domzale in Europa League qualifying.

But he was then harshly sent off just 15 minutes into his Premier League debut, for a tackle on Manchester United defender Phil Jones – a red card that was later rescinded.

The truth is Feghouli would often flatter to deceive and scored only four goals in 27 appearances.

He was sold to Turkish giants Galatasaray after just one season for a fee believed to be £4million (Sky Sports).

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How has Algerian midfielder fared since leaving Hammers?

Some fans never took to Feghouli. But just as many felt he deserved longer to prove his worth after showing flashes of his quality – namely in a comfortable victory at Burnley in the last game of the 2016/17 season – his final appearance.

 

So how has he got on since leaving the Hammers?

The painful truth is, brilliantly.

Feghouli has been a star turn for Gala, scoring 20 goals in 70 games in his first two seasons.

That has helped his new side win back-to-back Turkish Super Lig titles and both cups last season as Gala did the domestic treble.

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Two years littered with trophies

As if that wasn’t enough Feghouli then took his success onto the international scene.

He starred for Algeria as they lifted the African Cup of Nations in the summer.

With hindsight West Ham were perhaps too hasty in letting Feghouli leave, especially for such a knockdown fee.

It is difficult to argue he would get into the current West Ham side. But he can play across the midfield positions and has a good injury record too so would prove a useful squad player at the very least.

West Ham’s loss certainly seems to have been Gala’s gain.

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