It was confirmed by West Ham United on Monday that midfielder Edimilsion Fernandes has joined Bundesliga outfit 1. FSV Mainz on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.
The eight-time Swiss international first arrived at London Stadium during the summer of 2016, meaning he spent almost three years at the club.
The central midfielder still had just over a year left on his contract but could only ever break into the Hammers first team in short bursts.
Despite impressing at times in Claret & Blue such as a match-winning performance in the Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini soon shipped the injury-prone 23-year-old out to Fiorentina on loan after arriving last summer.
His next challenge is now somewhere else on the continent, joining the ranks of the Bundesliga club.
Since Pellegrini arrived at the club little over a year ago, West Ham have executed some wonderful bits of business in the transfer market, but this is far from one of them and could well prove to be a foolish transfer blunder.
The club’s trigger-happy nature of letting stars go in the early part of this summer is continuing as Fernandes follows the likes of Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Adrian San Miguel out the door.
You can make a solid argument for any of those three being allowed to leave, however, the case is different with the youthful and talented Fernandes – the move makes little sense for multiple reasons.
There’s the fact the Irons are rather light on their feet in central midfield with skipper Mark Noble not getting any younger, Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez only good enough for back-up roles and Jack Wilshere too unreliable.
Declan Rice is crying out for a long-term partner in the centre of the park and the Switzerland man’s game is perfectly suited for the role.
There’s also the number of injuries Fernandes has suffered in his short time in English football which have hampered him no end. Regardless, when asked to play in a variety of different roles, Fernandes has constantly caught the eye in a West Ham shirt.
This poor decision could well come back to haunt them one day should Fernandes develop to the utmost of his potential.