Friday, March 24

Could Everton loanee Enner Valencia still have a future at West Ham?

Most fans seem to have forgotten about Enner Valencia, but he's starting to have an impact at Everton. He came on as a late sub against Hull City and scored after a one-two with Lukaku and then made goal for Lukaku. It was his third goal since joining the Toffees, having also scored away at Spurs and at home to Southampton. A recent feature in the Liverpool Daily Post points out that he's only played 100 minutes of football for Everton in 2017 but in that time the side has scored eight goals — so he's doing something right. 

It's clear that Enner has had some personal problems, as we saw in Ecuador's World Cup qualifier against Chile in October 2016 when he was stretchered off injured and then pursued by police over alleged unpaid child maintenance. The arrest warrant was later revoked and Valencia said he was up to date with all payments.

Valencia has never scored enough goals (though he always seems to score for Ecuador) and is not really a central striker, but he did look a useful wide player capable of making goals two seasons ago. Even last season he had his moments, scoring a great free kick at Bournemouth and netting twice against Man City at Upton Park.

Ronald Koeman doesn't usually go for dud players, so if he continues to find the net for the Toffees might it be worth giving Valencia another chance when his loan spell at Everton ends? He cost £12 million and if he's finally adapting to English football then perhaps West Ham should try to recoup some more of that investment.


Rob Graham said...

Absolutely Pete, but is it Valencia supported by the mighty Lukaku? he certainly started well with us but just lost confidence over time. Our supporters are quick to judge strikers!

Pete May said...

It would certainly help any striker being alongside Lukaku.