West Ham United new boy Fabian Balbuena made his debut for the club in their 3-1 pre-season friendly win against Aston Villa at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium on Wednesday night, and Irons fans were loving what they saw from him.
The east London outfit signed the Paraguay international from Corinthians on a three-year deal earlier this month, and he lined up alongside Angelo Ogbonna at the heart of the defence against Steve Bruce’s men.
While the 26-year-old showed that he is able to pick a pass, he also proved that he is something of a no-nonsense defender with some big clearances with both his head and his feet, and he could well be a dark horse for the Hammers in the Premier League this season.
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West Ham supporters, some of whom are split on the club re-signing a former Irons star, were quick to have their say on Balbuena’s performance via social media, and while one said “he looks like everything Oxford was supposed to be”, another said “somebody will be throwing £50m at us for him next summer”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Got a feeling Balbuena for £3m is going to be one of the signings of the summer ⚒
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) July 25, 2018
He is a proper old school centre half doesn’t try and do anything fancy or stupid just solid tackles clearing headers and playing the ball out of danger
— Steedthehammer (@Steedthehammer) July 25, 2018
He looks like everything oxford was supposed to be
— Sam (@WestHamLondon) July 25, 2018
I think he will end up better than Diop
— Paul (@Hammer1966) July 25, 2018
Balbeuna is a solid defender never watched him before but well impressed
Possibly be the most desired cb in the prem this season and we payed 3.5 million
Somebody will be throwing 50 million at us for him next summer
Defo a player for the fantasy team
— dan_whufc_twit (@dan_whufc_twit) July 26, 2018
Brilliant first West Ham appearance from Fabian Balbuena! Composed and could see him solidifying his place as a starter in this team. pic.twitter.com/jV6Mfoc68U
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) July 25, 2018
Thought he looked great, at £4m he could be the best signing of the lot..
— Amran Yousaf (@a_yousaf1) July 26, 2018
Balbuena looks really good, i reckon he will surprise alot of people this season 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
— Carson (@CaineRussell) July 26, 2018
Balbuena is going to be a great player for us and a bargain
— Craig Barnett (@Craigyb1978) July 25, 2018