Along with the usual headline incomings and outgoings on transfer deadline day, a number of clubs also waved goodbye to some of their younger players, and West Ham United were no different.
On Monday the club announced they had parted company with 21-year-old left winger Matthias Fanimo, a player who made headlines back in May for becoming the joint fastest footballer in the world along with Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia.
As reported by the Daily Mail at the time, Fanimo matched Valencia’s top recorded speed, faster than the likes of Gareth Bales, Aaron Lennon and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But despite his ability to break down the wing at such devastating pace, Fanimo is no longer a West Ham player, after making just three senior appearances for the club.
Fanimo also played 37 times for West Ham’s under-21 side, scoring five goals and providing five assists, but he is now off to pastures new.
Writing on his official Twitter account on Monday, Fanimo said, “I want to thank everyone at West Ham for everything during my time at the club. I have enjoyed 15 great years at the club.
“Coming through my system and then making my debut for the club; thank you to all the players, coaches and fans.”
Fanimo still has plenty of time to make it at senior level, and if he can learn to utilise his pace effectively and consistently, he could one day come back to haunt the Hammers. Only time will tell…
I want to thank everyone at @whufc_official for everything during my time at the club. I have enjoyed 15 great years at the club (1/2)— Matthias (@MFanimo40) February 2, 2015
Coming through the system and then making my debut for the club. Thank you to all the Coaches, Players and Fans! (2/2)— Matthias (@MFanimo40) February 2, 2015