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West Ham United fans were left scratching their heads when Manuel Pellegrini let Edimilson Fernandes leave the club.

One of the more impressive signings of the last couple of seasons, the young Swiss international was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina.

Much to the bemusement of Hammers supporters that season-long agreement included an option to buy for the Italian club (

That is despite Fernandes impressing with his all action defensive and attacking displays.

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Looked a star in the making for West Ham

He was the man of the match in arguably West Ham’s most important win of last season, 3-0 at home against Southampton.

Fernandes looked to be a star in the making for West Ham.

He just needed to add some consistency to his game.

And many fans felt Pellegrini would be the perfect man to bring on his game.

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Fernandes impresses in Viola rout

In his absence West Ham have made a terrible start losing their opening three games, conceding nine goals and looking pedestrian in central midfield.

Over in Italy, the decision to let Fernandes leave looks even more questionable after he started in the heart of the Fiore’s midfield during a 6-1 opening win over Chievo.

Fernandes showed great promise and despite misplacing a few passes, excited the club’s fans.

Alongside the decision to let another energetic central midfielder leave the club in the shape of Cheikhou Kouyate, this looks to be Pellegrini’s first big clanger.

Of course Fernandes is only one game into his Fiorentina career and West Ham three into project Pellegrini.

But on the evidence so far the Hammers could well do with the versatile Swiss already.

It remains to be seen whether there would be a break clause in the deal.

But on all likelihood West Ham would not be able to activate that until January at the earliest.

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