West Ham United loanee Joao Mario, rated at £23.4m by Transfermarkt, impressed in the final match of his temporary spell from Inter Milan as the club beat Everton 3-1 on the final day of the Premier League season at the London Stadium on Sunday, and Irons fans were quick to say they want him to return next term.
The east London outfit brought the Euro 2016 winner in during the January transfer window, and while he hasn’t made a really spectacular impact, he has shown the quality he has and been a reliable member of the team when he has been on the pitch.
The 25-year-old’s future now looks to be uncertain with a return to the Hammers potentially dependent on who the manager is going to be and the price that Inter could demand for his services, with United perhaps only being able to afford to get him back on loan.
West Ham supporters, who didn’t understand the absence of Joao Mario’s 25-year-old teammate on Sunday, took to social media to have their say on his final appearance, and while one said the “most important signing we can make is Mario”, another said “100% need to pay for Mario”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
He’s getting better and better every game.
— Raymondo (@raythehammer) May 13, 2018
Most important signing we can make is Mario. Makes our midfield tick
— Paul Hickin (@GramscianPaul) May 13, 2018
Mario was sensational today. Give the boy a season long loan contract
— Jefferson Kibble (@kibble992) May 13, 2018
Think we should sign Mario at the right price, he just needs to work on the physical side of the game.
— Jay (@jshopson) May 13, 2018
Go to get Mario in permanently, I think he’s been superb since signing, adjusted to the league very quickly!
— Ben Hick (@BenHHick) May 13, 2018
100% need to pay for Mario. Always a good outlet and rarely gives the ball away. Can't lose him. Done nothing spectacular but been very reliable
— Sam Heyes (@thesamheyes) May 13, 2018
Joao Mario has been playing really well this past 3/4 games. May well be worth a punt 🤷♂️
— Peadar MacÍomhair (@bigpete1974) May 13, 2018