Since the advent of social media, football clubs across the country continue to attempt to come up with new and novel ways of engaging with their fanbase and West Ham United are no different.
With a lull in proper football owing to the October international break, a completely harmless and innocent Twitter post was sent out by our social media team and it concerned Arthur Masuaku and a ‘what’s on his phone’ feature.
What's on @ArthurMasuaku's phone… ????????
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) October 10, 2018
I have no doubt this was probably planned weeks ago and stuck in a calendar that people have simply followed and given no extra thought to, but plenty of fans feel extra thought was the missing ingredient given his performance in our final game against Brighton and Hove Albion prior to the break.
No idea but I wish he would stop checking it when opposition centre forwards are running in to the 6 yard box unmarked!
— Scott Tracey (@Hammersfanno) 10 October 2018
Definitely not a defending tutorial
— ⚒Devine Declan⚒ (@devine_decIan) 10 October 2018
It certainly isnt an art of defending tutorial.
— Eddie Fensome (@EddieFensome) 10 October 2018
How to go with runners? Just saying!
— Tommo (@NJThompson94) 11 October 2018
I hope it’s a video of his appalling marking at the Brighton game
— steve whittet (@stclerk1) 10 October 2018
Hopefully details on how to defend for 90 mins
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) 10 October 2018
hopefully something that teaches him to be good at football
— Long time Masuaku hater (@BeatTheBatak) 11 October 2018
How to defend?
— Mark Lemasurier (@MarkWHUFC88) 10 October 2018
West Ham certainly aren’t the only club to see such an attempt at engaging backfire, and Masuaku is far from the only player to find himself as the topic of fans’ humour at times like this, but you will either smile or shake your head.