West Ham signed Juventus striker, Simone Zaza on August 28th 2016 on a season-long deal two years ago.
Although the Italian hadn’t been a hit during his spell with the Turin club, during his time with Sassuolo, Zaza had become one of the better strikers in the league. With his arrival, many of the West Ham faithful greeted his signature with widespread positivity but they would prove to be completely wrong following a terrible period in east London.
wait, we signed an actual striker ?
— Callum (@CallumWHU_) August 28, 2016
onwards and upwards come on the hammers
— eddytheman (@eddytheman1) August 28, 2016
Finally great signing!!!!!! #COYI
— Ryan Lewin (@Ryan_97WHU) 28 August 2016
— Lynda O'Donoghue Donnelly (@Lynda_ODonoghue) August 28, 2016
— Danny Attle (@DanfromtheSouth) August 28, 2016
West Ham needed a forward to lead the line but as it turned out to be, the man they brought in on loan never managed to perform for the club. In 11 appearances for the club, the Italian failed to score and in truth never looked like a Premier League quality striker.
He developed a knee injury in before the transfer window and unfortunately for him, he never played again before leaving the club for Spanish side Valencia.
During his time in the Premier League, the forward was largely poor although, in truth, there weren’t too many players in the West Ham side that actually played well. To make matters even worse for West Ham fans, he was an instant success at Valencia. In the second-half of the season, the Italy international scored six goals in 20 appearances in La Liga and last year he scored 13 for a Valencia side that qualified for Europe.
West Ham have now found their man to lead the line up front during Zaza’s time, they had a striker that performed so poorly, that it seemed as though West Ham were deliberately not playing him in order to avoid the obligatory purchase clause in his contract.
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