West Ham United have already played a lot of football this summer, with their pre-season friendlies intermingled with their Europa League qualifying matches.
The Hammers have played three of the latter to date and are still looking on course to reach the group stage of the competition later this year, but they must also prepare for their return to domestic matters.
As a result, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic sent out a strong team to face Southend on Saturday, and the Hammers ultimately won 3-2.
Summer signing Dimitri Payet stole the show with a brace, while an own-goal from Southend’s Luke Prosser ensured a victory for the visitors. But while Payet was clearly man-of the-match, West Ham fans will have also been paying close attention to their new defender Angelo Ogbonna.
The 27-year-old arrived from Italian club Juventus for a fee in the region of £10million and he is now tasked with ensuring Bilic has a sturdy defence heading into the new campaign.
In truth Ogbonna has some work to do before he will be seen in the same light as Payet, but his performance this weekend was steady.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what West Ham fans thought of the Italian’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
We were decent today. Payet obvs MOM. Ogbonna was OK, early days. Sakho should have scored but he's always there, matter of time for him— Darren Harry (@darrenharry7) July 18, 2015
Some people are very harsh on Ogbonna. It's his first match and he's lacking match fitness clearly. He still played well IMO.— Parker. (@whuharry) July 18, 2015
But ogbonna looked like a calamity— frankie (@FrankieWHU) July 18, 2015
Payet was just incredible, Samuelsen was class as well, Ogbonna had a solid debut, Pike and Hendrie were both impressive— West Ham Stuff (@WestHamStuff) July 18, 2015
Randolph is terrible. Ogbonna has been ok seeing as he's only been back a week— max (@max_ba1ley) July 18, 2015