Fernandes: I'm progressing all the time with the Hammers

Edimilson Fernandes

Edimilson Fernandes has learned a lot over his first 18 months in claret and blue and is ready to use that knowledge as he continues to progress for the Hammers.

The 21-year-old Swiss international arrived in east London having played only 63 senior games for his first club FC Sion, but has wasted little time in taking his talents to the Premier League, featuring regularly in Slaven Bilic’s matchday squads.

With seven appearances under his belt this term, including starts as the Hammers took on Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace last week, Fernandes is desperate to help the team kick-on and rediscover their form.

“The more I play, the more I progress and I have the coach’s confidence, so I am enjoying the amount of football I am playing at the moment,” he said.

“It was a big decision to leave Sion when I did – I made my debut and came through the youth ranks there, so it was hard to leave, but I also also pleased to embark on a new adventure and I am very happy here.”

Fernandes was frustrated not to pick up a second win in succession when Wilfried Zaha’s last-gasp leveller denied the Hammers at Crystal Palace, and is ready for the test of facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Saturday.

He added: Of course it is always frustrating to concede a late goal, and last week it happened with 10 seconds to go, so I felt disappointed and that went for the whole team, but we are looking forward to Liverpool and working hard to get a good result in that game.

“It’s a very big game this weekend and I’m sure we can perform well and get a good result.

“Of course we will try to take advantage [of any vulnerability]. We have to be confident in ourselves and I’m sure we can produce a good performance.”