Friday, January 27
Zarate kid goes to Watford
It will be interesting to see how Mauro Zarate fares at Watford. He was clearly high-maintenance, but you do wonder if West Ham might have made it to sixth had he stayed last season. He was certainly more of a threat than his replacement Emmanuel Emenike. Bilic at last appeared to be getting the best out of Mauro before he was surprisingly sold last January to Fiorentina for £1.5 million. Zarate scored quality goals against Arsenal (catching out Cech on the first day of the season) Chelsea (a fine snap shot) and West Brom (a great free kick), got the equaliser at Leicester in the League Cup and netted a fine solo effort against FC Astra in the Europa League. And at times, as against Stoke, when he beat three players and hit the post, he looked a real quality player — though at other times he could be infuriatingly selfish and drift out of games. Wonder which Zarate will turn up against us in a few weeks' time?