Not to be lost in the recovery from the devastating loss to Tottenham, West Ham United secured the singing of one of the most promising young talents in world football earlier this week.
The Hammers officially signed the highly rated 17-year-old Domingos Quina on Monday, as manager Slaven Bilic is in possession of an electrifying youngster. Quina, who is a Portuguese youth international but still pondering whether to play for three nations (Portugal, his country of birth Guinea-Bissau or even England) already has made his debut for West Ham this season. The amazing adolescent made his first Hammers appearance in their Europa League qualifying tie against NK Domzale in the summer.
But the moment that really put Quina on the West Ham fans' map is his stunning 40-yard goal for the club against Leicester City in an U23 match in October.
It was the latest star making episode from a player providing over the last 12 months those types of highlights. Quina first made headlines last year in standing out for Portugal's U17s against England's U17s in a 7-3 win at the FA International Tournament. This past May, Quina was a starter in every match of Portugal's U17 European Championship conquest in May, confirming himself as not only one of his adopted country's emerging prospects but among the world's rising youngsters too.
Those accomplishments lead Quina to have the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and some other big European clubs desiring his services. According to The Daily Telegraph, Quina even had some training sessions with the Blues, but was not registered for their academy,
Their loss is West Ham's gain, and Quina told WHUFC.com why his first pro team is the Hammers.
"I chose West Ham because it is a great Club and they like to give young players opportunities to break into the first-team like Reece Oxford and I hope to do the same," Quina said. "I know that talent alone is not enough to see me develop as a player and I just want to keep working hard every day. Hopefully I will get my chance. I am very happy to have signed my first professional contract with West Ham and it has always been my dream."
And for many West Ham fans, seeing Quina happy is the happiness they need for a rough start to the season.