We were pretty disappointed when Yannick Carrasco, Jose Fonte and Nicolas Gaitan left Europe to play in the Chinese Super League.
Especially Carrasco, who’s still only 24 and was once considered one of Atletico Madrid’s most exciting players, before falling out of favour under Diego Simeone.
So, last month, he opted for a move to the Chinese Super League to join newly promoted Dalian Yifang, joining ranks with former West Ham defender Fonte as well as Gaitan, who’s well known in Portugal having previously turned out for Benfica.
But the expensively assembled trio endured a nightmarish first league match for Yifang against the mighty Shanghai SIPG, falling to an 8-0 thrashing to last season’s runners-up.
Former Chelsea star Oscar smashed home a hat-trick, while there was just the one goal for Brazilian cult hero Hulk in a frankly embarrassing rout.
Fonte was particularly poor, giving away a sloppy penalty with a dreadful challenge on Hulk.
He was eventually subbed off in the second-half and completes quite an extraordinary turn of events for the Euro 2016 winner.
Not too long ago, the Portuguese centre-back was considered one of the finest defenders in the Premier League before joining West Ham from Southampton in January last year.
But sadly, the 34-year-old endured an injury-ravaged spell in London and opted for a change of scene last month by completing a £4.3 million move to China, signing a contract worth around £120,000 a week.
The result leaves Yifang at the bottom of the table after the opening day of the season, and they face a daunting trip to 2015 Asian Cup champions Guangzhou next week.
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