On 29 July 2014, West Ham United completed the signing of Enner Valencia from Pachuca on a five-year contract.
The Ecuador international had impressed with the Mexican outfit prior to his move to the Boleyn Stadium, having recorded 18 goals in his 23 appearances in his only season for the Liga MX side.
Fans were excited about the arrival of Valencia, who had cost them a reported £13.5million, and took to Twitter to share their delight.
Valencia up top with Carroll out injured .. Feeling confident for this season #WHU
— King of Hearts (@MrColinBrowne) 29 July 2014
Congrats to Enner Valencia on his successful work permit hearing! Welcome to WHU son! Bang in the goals for us 🙂
— Michael Zdenek (@MichaelZdenek) July 29, 2014
— Khaleem (@khaleemazam) July 29, 2014
@davidgold great signing, real sign we mean business
— Rorke’s Drift (@RorkesXDrift) July 29, 2014
— Dan (@DanielRBaldock) July 29, 2014
Finally something for us hammers to be happy about with Valencia signing – just fat Sam out now & it would be the icing on the cake. #whufc
— Sara Turner (@_saraax) July 29, 2014
Valencia had a rather big profile to follow when he did eventually arrive in England with the Hammers.
As mentioned, he had a rather prolific goalscoring record in Liga MX with Pachuca, which had given fans some hope that he would be able to find the back of the net on a regular basis in the Premier League.
He made his debut in the first game of the season for Sam Allardyce’s side when he came on as a late substitute against Tottenham Hotspur – a match that they went on to lose 1-0.
Ten days later, he had a penalty effort saved in their League Cup second round tie with Sheffield United, however, he finally managed to find his first goal for The Irons in September.
It came against Hull City and was described by Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph at the time as an “exceptional goal” as his 25-yard striker was clocked at a pace of 61 miles per hour.
However, over the course of his two full campaigns with West Ham, he only managed to hit 10 goals in total across all competitions before being shipped out to Everton on loan.
He was then sold back to Liga MX in the summer of 2017 when Tigres UANL took him off of The Hammers’ hands and has started to find some regular form in front of goal once again.
West Ham fans – thoughts?