Friday, January 22

Zarate kid departs

Mauro Zarate has been sold to Fiorentina for a fee of around £1.5 million. I'd have liked to have kept him as back-up for the rest of the season, particularly with Sakho and Carroll out. Presumably this means West Ham are moving for a loan striker, with Fenerbache striker Emmanuel Emenike a possibility. This seems to be likely as Emenike has tweeted a still from the film Green Street - though perhaps someone should tell him that neither Elijah Wood nor Frodo Baggins are West Ham fans in real life. 

Should we have let Zarate go or kept him for the rest of the season? Mauro was clearly trouble for Big Sam, Harry Redknapp and Chris Ramsey last season, but under Slaven has looked a player again. He's scored quality goals against Arsenal, Chelsea and West Brom, got the equaliser at Leicester in the League Cup and netted a fine solo effort against FC Astra in the Europa League. He also scored a great volley at Palace last season, so has provided us with some good moments. And at times, as against Stoke, he's looked a real quality player, though in bother matches he could be infuriatingly selfish and drift out of games. 

Presumably Zarate's been moved on to make way for Sam Byram, a younger player who provides a different sort of threat on the flank, and possibly Emenike. Still, any player who helps defeat Arsenal and Chelsea will get a cheer from me. Thanks Mauro, and good luck in Italy. 

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