On 14 June 2016, West Ham United had announced that they were signing Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a free transfer, with Co-owner David Gold confirming the news on Twitter.
The Algerian had starred for the La Liga side in the six years he spent at the Mestalla, scoring a number of goals, whilst also proving to be a real handful for some of the country’s top defences.
The midfielder, who was predominately utilised as a winger for Los Che, managed to create 40 assists during his time, which would have made the fact that he was leaving the Spanish outfit all that more surprising, especially given that it would be on a free transfer.
Understandably, those performances of Valencia had excited those at West Ham when news broke that he would be joining them, with many hopeful that he would be able to be as formidable as he was in La Liga under Slaven Bilic.
Here are just some of their reactions:
— Scott Mulligan© (@Scotty072332) June 14, 2016
Quality free transfer, great business David, keep em coming.
— Tommo (@NJThompson94) June 14, 2016
Feghouli on a free transfer hahahahaha Bilic is god. Unbelievable.
— Tom (@T___J92) June 14, 2016
Feghouli and Payet are going to be great friends I can see it already
— WHU Daily (@DailyWhu) June 14, 2016
Good to see Sofiane Feghouli is now a Hammer!!
— Adrian Short (@IronMan7WHU) 14 June 2016
quality player and to get him on a free transfer is brilliant, great bit of business
— Hammers 4 life (@tully140483) June 14, 2016
However, things did not go to plan for the Algeria international winger, as he failed to replicate those performances that earned him the stellar reviews.
In fact, things had started well for Feghouli when he netted on his debut at the London Stadium, in which was the club’s first ever competitive match at the venue.
In fairness, the midfielder did not have a bad debut season at the Hammers, when he managed to net three times as well as assist a further three in his 21 Premier League matches, however, he was quickly offloaded, after making claims that he had ambitions to go elsewhere and has also admitted he regretted the move to the London Stadium.
Now 28-years-old, Feghouli can be found playing for Galatasaray in the Champions League where he has fared a lot better than his time as an Iron.
The Algerian struck six goals and recorded nine assists in their Super Lig campaign last year as he helped guide the Istanbul giants to the title.
West Ham fans – thoughts?