West Ham fans have had precious little to smile – let alone cheer – about this season. The 2016/17 campaign started with such promise in the east end of London, but Europa League qualification defeat at the hands of Astra Giurgiu (again) ended their continental adventure early, while a dreadful start to the Premier League season has eroded hopes of a top four challenge. Those factors would be bad enough alone, but the London Stadium move has made everything that bit more difficult.
Alas, Slaven Bilic’s boys seem to have turned it around a little over the course of the past three games, drawing with Middlesbrough and beating both Crystal Palace and Sunderland 1-0 – and it was latter of these games that gave another reason for Hammers fans to be happy.
Edimilson Fernandes was snapped up over the summer from FC Sion, but Irons supporters have had to wait a while to see him action for long enough to make a judgement. However, he made his first Premier League start against Sunderland and completed the 90 minutes, generating some impressive stats in the process.
The Swiss defensive midfielder played as a left-sided wing-back for West Ham, completing 96% of his passes while weighing in with 74 touches, three tackles and four shots. Not a bad return, that.
Irons supporters will be hoping for more from him over the coming months.