Sam Inkersole has claimed that West Ham should not have sold Edimilson Fernandes in the summer.
The Football.London journalist claimed that after the Mainz playmaker shined on Friday evening for Switzerland alongside Hammers’ forward Albian Ajeti in their 1-0 win against Georgia he could have been ideal for Manuel Pellegrini.
Inkersole wrote on his personal Twitter account that West Ham shouldn’t have allowed the 23-year-old to leave the London Stadium, especially with their current midfield predicament.
Said it before and I’ll say it again: West Ham shouldn’t have sold Edimilson Fernandes. He’d be ideal for what Manuel Pellegrini needs right now. #WHUFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) November 15, 2019
After the 3-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor last time out, West Ham are without the influential trio of Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, and Manuel Lanzini.
Given West Ham’s problems in midfield now, it would be wrong to think that the Irons didn’t make a mistake in allowing the Swiss international to move to Germany in the summer. That is the only real sticking point in terms of whether it was a mistake or not, as no Hammers’ fan would surely think that Fernandes should have stayed at the club if they hadn’t have had the nightmare couple of months they have had. Back in September, West Ham were third in the Premier League, and not one fan would have had the 23-year-old on their mind, so it is wrong to suddenly believe that Pellegrini is missing him right now. Fernandes hasn’t exactly set the world alight at Mainz so far since moving, making nine appearances in the Bundesliga and not scoring or assisting a single goal in this campaign. Inkersole is probably jumping the gun suggesting that Fernandes’ showing against a side like Georgia highlights how he could solve the current predicament facing Pellegrini at West Ham.