West Ham United continued their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign with a clash against Mainz 05 on Tuesday night.
The Hammers played out a 1-1 draw with the German outfit, before recording a 7-6 win in the resulting penalty shootout to win the Betway Cup.
Fabian Balbuena was once again involved for his new club, and the former Corinthians defender made a big impression on the West Ham fans.
The 26-year-old’s debut against Aston Villa earlier this month brought widespread praise from the West Ham supporters, and that was again the case on Tuesday night.
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The 6ft 2in Paraguay international was largely an unknown quantity when he arrived at the London Stadium earlier this month.
But it seems that the West Ham fans are now certain that he will be in the XI for the club’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on August 12.
A selection of the Twitter reaction to Balbuena’s latest performance can be seen below:
Fabian Balbuena! 👏🏻
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) July 31, 2018
ALL HAIL THE GENERAL 😍
— Jota (@apsychoshow) July 31, 2018
Looking excellent at the moment and I think I’d start him against Liverpool
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) July 31, 2018
Top draw player
— ♣️♥️rob newson magic ♠️♦️ (@rob_magician) July 31, 2018
1 game to go, but based on what I have seen this pre season and performances last year I’d go:
Fredericks Balbuena OG Masu
Antonio Arnie Anderson
— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) July 31, 2018
Going to be very hard to pick a team this season from the friendlies it should be
Swap Chica for Noble if he plays well Friday #COYI
— 父 Steve 父 (@steve_whufc7) July 31, 2018