In the summer of 2017, West Ham United completed a deal for young Swedish-Montenegrin talent Sead Haksabanovic. The transfer was worth a reported £2.7 million and the teenager signed on a five-year deal from Halmstads.
Undoubtedly, this was seen as a move for the future, but his first season at the club did not go exactly according to plan.
He failed to make the breakthrough to the first-team and was not overly impressive for the club’s under-23 side. Just the one assist in 14 games meant he rarely played a full 90 minutes.
But this summer he impressed in pre-season and many felt he might have a chance of playing regularly for the Hammers this term.
Instead, they loaned him out to Malaga in Spain’s Segunda Liga. It was a move helped by manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos’ previous connections to the Spanish club.
“I did not know much about Málaga, I did know they have great fans and a great stadium, and it is a great place to live.
“Before coming, (Manuel) Pellegrini told me about Málaga and he told me that it would be very good here.”
However, things have not exactly gone to plan for the winger. Haksabanovic has played just two games for the club and is now set to leave in January. According to La Opinion De Malaga, he will be leaving Malaga this week to find a new loan team, with a move away from Spain likely.
West Ham must now ensure they choose the right location for the player. Haksabanovic is an impressive young talent but this experience at Malaga will not have done him much good. Finding the right destination this month will be key to his West Ham prospects.