Edimilson Fernandes has departed West Ham United to join German club Mainz, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
Following a loan spell at Fiorentina in 2018/19, the Swiss international midfielder has not impressed enough to earn a spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans but will play in the Bundesliga next season instead.
Fernandes joined the Hammers in 2016 but failed to nail down a spot in the starting side under Slaven Bilic, David Moyes or Pellegrini for any length of time.
But during a summer in which the Hammers need to spruce up their squad again to take them to the next level, there are many fans who believe Fernandes should have been given an opportunity to prove himself.
There could perhaps be a degree of absence making the heart grow fonder – it’s hard to see Fernandes having made such an impact last season if he was still around.
But the Hammers fans want to see a top level midfielder of the right age arrive this summer after the Switzerland man’s departure and they’re not happy to see him go…
— kalle🇫🇮 (@LxrryFishermxn) June 3, 2019
I liked him
— Finnish Hammer (@AlmostaTrueFan) June 3, 2019
Naaaa he was good thoooo
— Alfie ⚒ (@alfsterpmc) June 3, 2019
Should of got rid of Obiang and kept Edi.
— Samzini⚒ (@Samcam06) June 3, 2019
Looking like the rumours are true on the budget sell first to compete. Cannot spend big 1 season and think that is job done. I wait to judge fully until end of the window.
— Michael Oaks (@mikoaks) June 3, 2019
I’m sad he should’ve been given more of a chance
— Joe (@BoulcottJoe) June 3, 2019
— Conor Watts (@Conorwatts15) June 3, 2019
— Harry Owen (@WoolfyowenHeart) June 3, 2019
— 💫 (@Shaneo_300) June 3, 2019
We can't be letting a promising young midfielder go without replacing him. I beg we go all out for gomes
— Jake (@JELC1505) June 3, 2019
So sad to see him leave. Showed such promise and was hoping he would come back to the 1st team this season
— Alex Wilcock (@alexwilcock90) June 3, 2019
Deserved a chance
— Craig (@craig_mbu) June 3, 2019
— Steve (@Steve_WHU_) June 3, 2019
100% should have been given a chance. Get rid of Wilshere/Obiang.
— Luke Marley (@LukeMarley8) June 3, 2019
— Jack (@WHUJack27) June 3, 2019