Gelson Martins – a player West Ham rejected the chance to sign in 2017, has been banned from football for six months after pushing a referee (BBC).
The Portugal international was recommended to the Hammers by Don Hutchison. The former West Ham midfielder claimed on Twitter that he advised the east London outfit to sign the winger.
It seems as though West Ham’s decision not to follow up on Hutchison’s advice was the correct one, however.
The 24-year-old Monaco winger has been banned from football for six months after pushing a referee twice during his side’s Ligue 1 defeat at Nimes last month.
But even before then, Martins’ form was very poor.
Since his £26.5 million move to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2018 (Football Espana), the Portuguese winger has really struggled. He moved onto Monaco the following year.
And the 24-year-old has racked up just nine goals and five assists in 52 combined appearances for the Spanish and French clubs (Transfermarkt).
He is a very talented young man…but as things stand, he is in danger of wasting that talent.
A six month ban from football at this stage of his career will be a real hammer blow to both him and his club.
And West Ham now look vindicated in their alleged decision not to move for the Portuguese attacker.