West Ham United supporters on social media had Chelsea to thank for handing over Kurt Zouma in the last transfer window.
Zouma made his Hammers debut yesterday evening, just over a fortnight after sealing a £29.8m (Sky Sports) transfer from their capital city neighbours.
The Frenchman’s first task: to hold off Dinamo Zagreb in the opening Group H game of the Europa League.
All of the defender’s European experience clearly came into play, as he contained the Croats and ensured a West Ham clean sheet.
David Moyes’ men secured a solid 2-0 victory against the backdrop of a boisterous Stadion Maksimir crowd.
But with Zouma at the back, and Michail Antonio in attack, the three points were always heading to East London.
It certainly wasn’t obvious this was the former Chelsea centre-half’s first fixture in his new colours.
Bringing an air of authority and assurance to the defence, West Ham fans had nothing but kind words to say about their summer signing.
Here is how they reacted on Twitter:
Moyes will certainly hope to lean on Zouma’s breadth of continental knowledge if West Ham are to delve deep into the competition.
He contributed enough to Chelsea’s Champions League run to rightly earn a winner’s medal, even starting in the second-leg knockout round win over Atletico Madrid.
Finishing strongly in the Premier League should also be on the agenda.
Again, the 26-year-old is a seasoned top division warrior, having battled the English elements for over half a decade.
Chelsea’s loss is already proving to be West Ham’s gain.