No words were needed as West Ham star Harrison Ashby sends a social media post that speaks volumes after his failed Newcastle move.
West Ham fans were extremely unhappy at the prospect of losing swashbuckling young full-back Ashby to Newcastle on deadline day.
At the weekend The Daily Mail claimed Newcastle were set to bid a paltry £2.5m for Ashby before the transfer window closed on Thursday night.
Newcastle were reportedly exploring a deal to sign the West Ham right-back after a long-term injury to Emil Krafth.
Many Hammers supporters were loathe to lose Ashby, who has shown great promise during first team appearances over the last couple of seasons.
West Ham fans were understandably concerned when Ashby’s social media activity earlier in the week appeared to suggest a move to Newcastle might be on the cards.
On deadline day it looked like West Ham were going to lose the 20-year-old academy graduate as Sky Sports claimed the prospect of being a bonafide part of Newcastle’s first team squad was tempting Ashby north while the Hammers had a decision to make given he had a year left on his contract.
In the end, though, the move did not happen with reports that West Ham will try to offer the player a new contract amid fears Newcastle will come back in come January (Claret and Hugh).
Some West Ham fans were angry with the player for considering leaving and effectively swapping the Hammers bench for Newcastle’s.
But there were no words needed as West Ham star Ashby sends a social media post that speaks volumes after his failed Newcastle move.
On Friday afternoon Ashby simply posted his initials and West Ham shirt number alongside a picture of him playing in the claret and blue.
“#HA50,” Ashby posted on Twitter alongside a picture of him playing for West Ham.
It seems pretty clear the post is Ashby’s way of addressing his situation and very much pledging his loyalty to West Ham – for now at least.
The defender could well find himself on the cusp of the team when West Ham travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday.
Ben Johnson will be out for a number of weeks after picking up another injury against Spurs.