Derby County forward Nick Blackman has swapped the second tier in England for the same level in Spain, joining Sporting Gijon on a season-long loan.
The former Blackburn striker joined Derby from Reading for £3m in 2016, but never settled at Pride Park and only hit a single goal, from the penalty spot, in a 2-0 win at Cardiff City.
He spent last season out on loan in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv and this summer he hasn’t impressed Frank Lampard sufficiently to earn a squad place with the Rams.
His departure has been met with a mix of sarcasm and genuine thanks, although all fans posting on social media seem to be in agreement that his spell at Derby just didn’t work out.
The more acerbic amongst those posting on social media have been at their cruellest, whilst others have wished him well after a miserable stint in which he started just seven Championship games.
Here is a selection of their responses.
Frank would have given him a chance if he had seen something. I wish him well but won’t be a player I will miss, in fact I’m amazed he’s still associated with the club. Watch him score 20 goals in Spain.
— Kit Dayaram (@KitTheRam) August 16, 2018
Was an outsider as soon as he walked through the door. Vilified by the fans for no real reason. Didn’t ever get a chance. Not his fault in my opinion.
— Neil Bates (@_neilbates) August 15, 2018
Good move for the player but dead loss for the club.
— Steve Crossley (@SteveCrossley80) August 15, 2018
Never heard of him
— martin young (@youngydcfc) August 15, 2018
Contract up at the end of the season anyway, so that’s him gone.
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) August 15, 2018
he must speak a lot of languages??
— JD (@Jdwhisky99) August 15, 2018
Best of luck @nblackman89 if this is the end of you in a Derby shirt, thanks for your efforts and try to ignore the minority.
— Matt Harvey (@mattharvey07) August 15, 2018
Didn't realise we had so many professional footballer's on here, great how the fans get behind each and every player we have, good luck @nblackman89 ????????
— Paul Gregory ???????????????????????????? (@DaddyRam65) August 15, 2018