Former West Ham United defender Jose Fonte impressed and found the net in Lille’s brilliant 5-1 win against 10-man Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night, and Irons fans on Twitter are clearly still split on the decision to get rid of him in February 2018.
The Portugal international had moved to the London Stadium just over 12 months earlier but he struggled to hit the ground running with the Hammers, sometimes looking way off the pace.
The 35-year-old left for Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang before moving back to Europe last summer, and he has been a key player for the Ligue 1 outfit who lie second in the standings and look destined for Champions League football next term.
The centre-back scored a bullet header as PSG suffered their biggest French top flight defeat in 19 years, and dealt well with the threat of the mercurial Kylian Mbappe up top.
While some West Ham supporters clearly regret letting him go when they did with one saying the club “shouldn’t have sold him so quickly”, others clearly disagreed with one individual saying “he was dreadful for us”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Jose Fonte has just scored for Lille against PSG and kept Mbappe quiet all game but he wasn’t good for some of our fans because he didn’t have 80 pace on FIFA. Always liked him, shouldn’t of sold him so quickly.
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) April 14, 2019
Totally. Really enjoyed his enthusiasm on & off the pitch while at West Ham. Always enjoyed him when he was playing down South with the Saints.
— Jamie Thomas (@jaymeeteewhu98) April 14, 2019
Agree, thought has was very good before he got injured then we decided to sell him
— Curtis Clarke⚒ (@Curtis_Clarke16) April 15, 2019
Agree great player
— Dylan (@didsofire) April 14, 2019
It has to be said.. he was absolutely woeful for us!
— Giesen (@Giesen12) April 14, 2019
He was dreadful for us. Utterly dreadful.
— TOM RENNIE (@thomasjrennie) April 14, 2019
Balbuena is better
— Steve’ ⚒ (@StevehWHU) April 14, 2019
He’s a big game player only. He can’t hack it week in week out
— Justin Finch (@justin_finch) April 15, 2019