Last night saw plenty of West Ham fans taking to Twitter after seeing the news in Europe that one former Hammer had bagged a hat-trick in the Turkish Super Lig. The player in question was the Algerian Sofiane Feghouli and his treble for Galatasaray helped his side to a 4-1 win, prompting the Hammers to claim they should never have sold him.
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) 17 February 2019
The Algerian winger only spent one full season with West Ham. After leaving Valencia having contributed 71 goals and assists in 201 games it looked like Slaven Bilic had pulled off a master coup, although what followed wasn’t what any of the Irons who celebrated his signing had predicted as he managed just three goals and three assists in the Premier League in 21 outings.
His numbers hardly impressed anyone, and the winger’s most memorable moment at the club was when he was wrongfully sent off by Mike Dean after a clash with Phil Jones against Manchester United at The London Stadium. In Feghouli’s defence, he signed for free and left for around £4 million so he made the club a profit, it was just a shame he didn’t live up to expectations after such a promising spell in Spain.
You can read the Hammers’ thoughts after seeing Feghouli’s treble in Turkey here:
I think we missed a trick with him I liked him and would have improved in the 2nd season with us.
— Michael Oaks (@mikoaks) February 17, 2019
He was good for us Shame he left
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_MC1R) February 17, 2019
Was always a fan of this guy and still am. Don’t think he’d get into a full fit team with us now days though.
— Ben Hellberg WHUFC (@bhellberg) February 17, 2019
Hes done really well in that league, quite a fan favourite
— Jack_Braxton (@jackwhu93) February 17, 2019
I like him, he's fast & plays with passion
— Prince Far I (@RookieBH) February 17, 2019
I never understood why we sold him. He was a decent player
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) February 18, 2019
I think he would have turned out to be a decent signing, especially under Pellegrini but he's wages were astronomical so it was a risk to keep him.
— den vincent (@den_vincent) February 17, 2019
One that we missed a trick on
— Matt (@MattCrowe__) February 17, 2019
The Hammers would have loved to have held onto Feghouli for at least one more season even if to just see if he could better adapt to the Premier League in his second season.