West Ham fans have been left fuming at the club’s Twitter announcement for Winston Reid’s loan departure to Sporting Kansas City.
The Irons actually reported the move on their official website on Friday evening, but failed to share the news on the social media platform until Saturday morning.
Reid’s new club beat the Hammers to the punch by nearly twelve hours with their own social media post, and considering how great a servant the New Zealander has been to West Ham, many fans have taken issue with the unexpected delay.
While one supporter has simply questioned it, others have branded the saga as disrespectful…
Why 10 hours after the other club announced it?
— Josh (@josh_whu) February 15, 2020
About time. The absolute disrespect shown to one of our longest servants. This club is a joke
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) February 15, 2020
Better late then never to announce it 🙄, hope he gets the game time he needs then comes back to us. Our best defender for sure!
— Daniel Knight (@78danielk) February 15, 2020
Should have posted this yesterday. The disrespect is real..
— ankkah (@real_bonerpizza) February 15, 2020
Other supporters, meanwhile, seem to believe this loan move is linked to the club not wanting to throw Reid a testimonial. The centre-back moved to east London after the 2010 World Cup, meaning this summer would mark a decade at the club – in that time he’s made 223 appearances, scoring ten goals.
Perhaps that’s a little presumptuous but the suspicions likely stem from the fact no details have been given about how long Reid’s loan spell actually is. His contract with West Ham is due to expire this summer, so if Sporting KC then offer him a deal as a free agent, he could well end up being hushed out the back door.
Board trying to get rid so he doesn’t have a testimonial
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) February 15, 2020
He deserves testimony.. !!! End off
— kev (@kevalaaarrr) February 15, 2020
Meanwhile, despite the fact Reid hasn’t actually played competitively for West Ham since March 2018, a small section of fans have suggested he should still be playing some kind of role this season – with one even branding it a “shocking decision”.
In fairness, only three Premier League clubs have conceded more goals than the Irons this season and there are only three senior centre-backs at the club (Declan Rice excluded), so perhaps Reid still had something to offer the squad in terms of both depth and experience as West Ham find themselves locked in a relegation battle.
If he’s fit this is a joke, which he is, so this is a joke
— SK (@Sam_Keenan1) February 15, 2020
Shocking decision. We can’t defend at the moment and letting Reid go out on loan when to be honest I’ll take him at the back.
— Alfie Norman (@AlfieNorman) February 15, 2020
Regardless of their reasons why, the underlying theme amongst the reaction is a sense of frustration, disrespect and disappointment.