West Ham United announced on Monday afternoon that midfielder Edimilson Fernandes had left the London Stadium to join Fiorentina on loan.
Fernandes joined West Ham from FC Sion in August 2016, and made 32 appearances in all competitions during his first season with the London club.
The 6ft 3in midfielder also appeared on 16 occasions for the Hammers last term, and had been expected to feature under new head coach Manuel Pellegrini this season.
However, it was revealed at the start of this week that the Swiss had made the move to Serie A outfit Fiorentina, where he will spend the 2018-19 campaign on loan.
The news has not exactly gone down terrifically well with the West Ham fans, with many baffled as to why their club have allowed the midfielder to depart.
Indeed, the Hammers looked short of movement in midfield during their 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and Fernandes is certainly a player who can get around the field.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the West Ham supporters can be seen below:
A midfielder who can run, has a bit of pace about him is allowed to leave whilst we have the slowest midfield In Europe still at the club.
— P (@paulholland1987) August 13, 2018
Don’t really understand why we have let him leave on loan tbh, but there you go!
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) August 13, 2018
Probably the best for him…. but cant help to think that he is what we need in that midfield.
— Arasor (@ArasorHD) August 13, 2018
Another midfielder who can run – gone lol
— paolodi (@paolodi3) August 13, 2018
— Damien Lucas (@damienlucas) August 13, 2018
Is it really wise letting a yiung midfielder who can actually run leave the club?
— funkycoolers (@funkycoolers) August 13, 2018
Not with an option to buy tho I hope
— ⚒ Michael Henly ⚒ (@mhenly22) August 13, 2018