West Ham United fans got their first glimpse of new signing Joao Mario this afternoon.
The Portuguese midfielder joined the Hammers earlier this week on a loan deal from Inter Milan until the end of the season.
Some supporters may have felt that the 25-year-old would be eased into today’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
However, it was not a debut to remember for Mario as the team suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to the League One leaders.
Not only did David Moyes’s side lose the game, they are facing a spell without Pedro Obiang after he was stretchered off with an injury, while Arthur Masuaku is facing a ban after getting sent off for spitting at an opponent.
Mario was introduced at the start of the second half, replacing Pablo Zabaleta, but the midfielder was unable to help the team get back into the game.
The overwhelming reaction to Mario’s debut from West Ham fans was one of sympathy for the new player.
— Harry (@LusciousLanzini) January 27, 2018
Moyes has had his team picked for him with all the injurys, Wigan was always going to be hard away. I want martinez to be a baller but he hasn't shown anything when played in first team. Chic doesn't seem the player I remember. Mario welcome to English football. #Coyi
— ben samwell (@sammersqoui) January 27, 2018
Poor Joao Mario what has he let himself in for. 1st game on bench and already listening to “Board Out” Only got themselves to blame #COYI
— ⚒ Marky Perkins ⚒ (@Supagrova1973) January 27, 2018
I bet Joao Mario surely wants to join us in the summer now!! #COYI ⚒⚒⚒
— D (@Didinho_10) January 27, 2018
I like João mario. Always chasing and looking for the ball. I'm sure we will coach that out of him in a week or 2 #WHUFC
— Joe Quantick (@joequan1985) January 27, 2018
— West Hammers (@mywhu0511) January 27, 2018
Apparently this is exactly how João Mário reacted at full time: pic.twitter.com/YrgVx7oMnj
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) January 27, 2018
— LJBinning (@LewisJBinning) January 27, 2018