Having once held legendary status at Southampton, Jose Fonte very quickly dropped down in the estimations of Saints fans when he sealed a move to West Ham in January 2017.
After 260 games played over three leagues for the South Coast club, many fans were amazed to see the Portuguese international leave for a team that were in a far worse position in the Premier League.
Subsequently, supporters naturally assumed that the move was driven by money, which added further fuel to an already burning fire of disdain for Fonte at St Mary’s.
Now, after a thoroughly disappointing 12 months with West Ham, Fonte looks set to move to the Chinese Super League with Dalian Yifang, according to The Daily Record.
The 33-year-old may now regret his move to London but Saints fans aren’t concerned and, if there Twitter reactions are anything to go by, may feel a sense of justice has been handed to their former defender and captain…
Feel somewhat disappointed that his career has gone the way it has but seems he's brought it upon himself.
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) February 22, 2018
Ego got the best of him.
— mark talbot (@TheMarkTalbot) February 22, 2018
Mercenary, purely about the money for that guy.
— Andrew Young (@TY_Services) February 22, 2018
He owes Southampton nothing, but he could have handled the situation at the end better. Best of luck to him
— Jason Brereton (@JasonThebiff) February 22, 2018
He should have ended his career with us , he thought he was gonna get a big move and ended up at the spanners
— Steve Mitchell (@SteveMi35635385) February 22, 2018
Should have stayed with Saints and become a legend, in stead of a has-been
— Bob James (@BobJame13215912) February 22, 2018