Football Insider claimed yesterday that West Ham could sell Fabian Balbuena this summer, and some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
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The 28-year-old has been in poor form this season. He seems to be a shadow of the player who impressed so much last season after making his £4 million move from Corinthians in the summer of 2018 (Football.London).
The centre-back has made 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season. He has made just 16 tackles, with a success rate of 69%. Balbuena has made only 25 interceptions and has made two errors leading to goals for the opposition (premierleague.com).
Football.London claimed last month that David Moyes is very concerned with Balbuena’s fall from grace this season.
The Paraguayan still has a year remaining on his current contract with West Ham. So if the east London outfit are going to sell him, they must do so at the end of the season.
Whether they will be able to recoup the fee that they paid for him two years ago, however, is debatable. Having said that, any kind of fee would be better than losing the so-called General on a free transfer in 2021.
Surprisingly, however, some West Ham fans think selling Balbuena could be a big mistake…
I’ll be very sad if he’s let go, great leader ship and just had a dip in form
— LasVegasWestHam (@WestHaminVegas) June 3, 2020
actually think this could be a mistake
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) June 3, 2020
There is a good player in there, he started off great.
— Jon pleydell (@JonPleydell) June 2, 2020
How is it we repeated scout players, buy them and then they either don’t play or they get worse within 6 months? Wages too high?
— Alex Motley (@AlexMotley) June 2, 2020
Was think that too wages must be too high. I see no other reason to sell
— Man incognito (@mlwestham) June 3, 2020
— Nathaniel John (@Nathaniel_John) June 3, 2020
We have short term memory loss, we literally would be on Michael Antonio’s back last season at the start because he had a dip in form. Balbuena had a dip in form and and most are saying he’s shit?! Lol
— Madz (@maadak15) June 3, 2020