After sacking Slaven Bilic following a very poor start to the 2017/18 Premier League season, things eventually picked up for West Ham United with David Moyes at the helm.
The former Manchester United and Everton manager, though, was keen to ensure he had enough experience in the squad to prevent the club from dropping too close to the relegation zone.
As a result, Moyes moved for free agent Patrice Evra in the February of that campaign, one of the better players during his disastrous spell as Manchester United boss.
West Ham supporters, however, were not exactly jumping for joy when the Frenchman arrived at the London Stadium.
I LOVE THIS CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) February 7, 2018
NUMBER 27 HAHAHAHAHA Payet didn’t die for this mayhem causer.
— Vinnie (@vinniewhu) February 7, 2018
West Ham’s end of season party… pic.twitter.com/zqRc0g0q3F
— Roy Bennett (@ThriveRoy) February 7, 2018
Lol the pace of our full backs; Zabaleta and now Evra. We’re becoming a retirement home
— MC (@Mark_Cutting) February 7, 2018
36 ? 36… What happened to the academy players getting a chance. And how much a week is he on. Although he was a great player, bringing in a 36 year old is wrong. Unless on the training staff.
— Dean (@DAZ600) February 7, 2018
@C_antoniades He’s the next Arbeloa, his highlights at the end of the season will be a throw in
— Jack Simmons (@jackdsimmons) February 7, 2018
And in the end, the pessimism from Hammers fans that surrounded Evra’s arrival at the club, proved to be warranted.
The former France international made just five Premier League appearances and looked completely out of sorts during them.
At 36 years of age, Evra struggled with the pace and tempo of matches and was easily beaten by opposing wingers.
All in all, the decision to bring him in was an odd one by Moyes. Away from his experience in the game, there was not much the ex-Manchester United and Juventus player could bring to the pitch.
Arthur Masuaku may not be the strongest defender 1v1 while Aaron Cresswell has struggled for consistency, but both left-backs offer so much more than Evra at this stage of his career.
Simply put, it was an unnecessary transfer on Moyes’ behalf despite left-back being identified as being one of the weaker areas of West Ham’s squad.
Evra was not an upgrade on either one of Masuaku or Cresswell and made little impact at the London Stadium, further justifying West Ham supporters lack of excitement upon his arrival to east London.