But, supporters aren’t fussed at missing out on Fernandes to local rivals and it’s little surprise given that the player has only been able to register seven Liga Nos appearances this season, failing to score or assist in any of them.
Though, the hype isn’t all about nothing as the 21-year-old is a versatile midfielder, able to play in the middle or out on the right-wing and has already featured for the Portugal senior side at his tender age.
One can’t help but wonder if the board have made a mistake by not pushing harder for the youngster and it’s not hard to imagine him coming back to haunt the club.
Here’s the pick of the Tweets from optimistic supporters after Fernandes’ transfer was announced…
Irrelevant, move on – as a non West Ham or spurs fan (as in Fernandes) given the choice who would u join?
Billion pound stadium vs rented athletics stadium
State of the art training facilities vs portacabins
Mourinho vs Moyes
Champions League vs Relegation fight
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) January 15, 2020
We were never going to sign him. We enquired but he was never a viable option for us. He had far better options than us. His agents used us to get him a better deal elsewhere.
We were never going to get him.
— WHUFCEddie (@WhufcE) January 15, 2020
Never heard of him until two weeks ago. Can’t say I’m too bothered to be fair.
— Dave XXL (@BigDXXL74) January 15, 2020
Do we really need another midfielder anyway?
— Daniel (@franeyd1) January 15, 2020
He is a flop. Happy not to have signed him.
— InRavenWeTrust (@raven24x7) January 15, 2020
My mate watches all Benfica games and can’t work out what the fuss is about.
— peter conlan (@peterconlan2) January 15, 2020
Not that bothered about him! I think we may have decent youth talent ourselves to rival him as it is anyway….we need a striker and a RB
— Tony Adams (@tadams1967) January 15, 2020
I’d never hear dof him until December last year. I probably won’t be hearing of him by December this year, according to benfica fans on twitter.
I’m not sure we were anywhere near him tbh. They way people were making it out was that he was being touted around to everyone.
— Paul (@hammers8787) January 15, 2020
Dont care move on
— Joes_Irons⚒ (@IronsJoes) January 15, 2020
— Will Swap Favours For Medicine ⚒ (@atkins_trevor) January 15, 2020