Our Swiss Wonder kid
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 6 April 2018 at 5:27pm
Written by Jake McMullan @JakeMcMullan1
We come off the back of an excellent result against Southampton. I will go on record by saying that I don’t think I’ve seen a worse performance all season that that of the Saints against us but that being said I thought we were superb and had them on the ropes from minute one. The crowd was spectacular throughout and Saturday was evidence that this new stadium can become home provided the performances on the pitch merit our full support.
I was highly nervous going into the game and I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that my nerves weren’t eased when Antonio, possibly our best asset on the counter attack, went off injured. Up stepped Edimilson Fernandes and he simply put, was nothing short of brilliant. Despite his long term injury he looked to have a real spring in his step, with pace and determination to win every second ball. Arnautovic, Rice, Masuaku and the likes took the plaudits and understandably so, but for me, Fernandes stood out the most. He dominated the midfield, gave us width, wasn’t afraid to put in a challenge and played a big part in the second goal. Additionally, the passion he showed for the second goal demonstrates his real commitment for the club.
I think people forget he is just 21 years of age (soon to be turning 22), he was our most used substitute last season and was even trusted by Bilic to fill in at left-wing back when both Cresswell and Masuaku were out. We cry for Cullen to be given game time and understandably so as he’s ‘one of our own’, but for me personally, Fernandes is the far superior player. He may have some years to develop into the finished article yet but he certainly has huge potential.
Whether or not Fernandes is good enough for us to think about building a team around him I don’t know, but what he showed against Southampton was that he’s much more than just a central midfielder, he can cover the entire pitch. Players like him can be pivotal to how a side functions. I personally feel once he develops his end product (which most young players do over time) he could turn into a top class midfielder.
West Ham have a potential Swiss wonder kid on their hands, and it’s time he starts being given the license to realise that potential.