West Ham United have suffered another miserable weekend in what is turning out to be a disastrous season.
The Hammers were beaten 1-0 at Sheffield United on Friday night.
The last gasp kick in the teeth from VAR only compounded the feeling of despair among West Ham fans.
As if that wasn’t enough they lost star player Lukasz Fabianski once again in what is feared to be a recurrence of the hip injury which kept him out for three months.
Just when West Ham supporters thought things could not get much worse, along come bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Fernandes chooses Spurs over West Ham?
West Ham have been chasing Portuguese wonderkid Gedson Fernandes this month. And it was widely – and prematurely – reported that the 20-year-old had agreed to sign for the Hammers on an 18-month loan deal (The Daily Mail).
That all changed on Saturday when it emerged Spurs had entered the race. And according to a host of outlets including The Mirror Fernandes has opted for Tottenham over West Ham.
Fans are furious with the club for failing to close the deal.
But is manager David Moyes to blame?
The key factor in Fernandes’s move away from Benfica – for both player and parent club – was first team game time.
Moyes to blame after naive ‘one for the future’ comments
Barely used by Benfica this season after falling out with his manager, it was one of the key reasons the Portugal starlet and his club were said to prefer West Ham.
“Gedson Fernandes is one name we’re talking about,” Moyes told whufc.com about Fernandes.
“He’s a young player with potential, probably more for the future.
“From that point of view, I’d like to bring young players in for the future, players we can look to build to get a strong, young team, but I also have to be wary that I need players who are ready for now and can feature in the first team as well.”
Is it any wonder then that Fernandes and his representatives had a change of heart?
Furious Hammers fans will not accept the likes of Fellaini or Allen
Moyes’s comments were naive in the extreme. And if he didn’t realise just how much he needs a young midfielder with pace, energy and athleticism before then he will after the awful display at Brammall Lane.
If you are trying to sign a player who is going out on loan in search of game time one thing you don’t tell him is that he won’t be playin much.
Having a legendary Portuguese manager in Jose Mourinho will not have hurt Tottenham’s push.
But with Moussa Sissoko out for three months and Christian Eriksen looking likely to leave the club, Fernandes will have plenty of opportunities to play.
Moyes was hardly the most popular choice among fans when he was re-appointed. And this won’t help his case. Particularly if West Ham end up signing players such as Marouane Fellaini or Joe Allen.