On May 28th 2014, West Ham United signed Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate on a three-year deal from Velez.
The 31-year-old made his competitive debut on the 23rd of August, scoring one goal for the Hammers in a 3–1 win away to Crystal Palace with a 20-yard volley.
Indeed, this wouldn’t have come as a surprise for some supporters, with a handful of them feeling confident in the forward’s ability upon his arrival, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter in a positive manner.
— Jack (@JackRintoul_) June 4, 2014
— youba (@Youba1020) May 28, 2014
@whufc_official come on Mauro show them ur talent! Master free kick taker!
— Cirelli Juan Marcelo (@MarceloCirelli5) May 28, 2014
@whufc_official Welcome Mauro a new Iron & we look forward to you wearing the Claret & Blue ! COYI.
— Tony skelton (@SkeltonTony) May 28, 2014
— Ryan Davis (@redsoxryan13) May 28, 2014
— Josh Bland (@JoshBland13) May 28, 2014
— Ash (@veg_samosa) May 28, 2014
Mauro Zarate began his club football career at Velez Sarsfield where he had played since childhood. At age 17, considered too strong for the youth category, he was promoted to the first team with which he made his full debut on the 21st of April 2004.
But, he could never quite ensure consistency over the years with loan moves to Birmingham City, Lazio and Inter Milan, before moving back to his first ever club and then onto West Ham United on the 28th of May 2014.
Of course, the Argentinian got off to the best possible start in the claret and blue as he scored on his competitive debut against Crystal Palace. But it was all downhill from here on in as he managed to notch just two goals in his first five months at the club, before being sent out on loan to Queens Park Rangers after a disappointing start.
And, his time at Loftus Road wasn’t exactly any better as he made just four appearances and contributed absolutely nothing in what was a waste of a loan spell.
Although, he started with a bang in what would be his final season at the Boleyn Ground as he managed to find the back of the net against Chelsea, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Romanian side Astra Giurgiu before December, but the Hammers waved goodbye to him in January as he made the move to Fiorentina.
Indeed, this was about as good as it got for the Argentinian in what was a hugely disappointing two years at the club, with current West Ham United flop Javier Hernandez looking like a superstar when you take Mauro Zarate’s performances and contributions into consideration.