West Ham fans were making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend following their side’s return to winning ways.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash with Swansea City on Saturday languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three after losing 3-2 to Tottenham last time out, but they recorded their second win of the campaign thanks to a late Diafra Sakho strike.
That 90th minute winner provided some respite for several of our resident Hammers, who are also likely to be intrigued by a report from CalcioMercato, which details some quotes from the father of former West Ham striker Simone Zaza.
The 26-year-old moved to the London Stadium on loan last term from Italian giants Juventus, yet failed to make a meaningful impact in East London with no goals in 11 appearances for the club, eventually leaving in the January to bring a premature end to his nightmarish spell in England.
And his father has lifted the lid on why it was a struggle for the Italy international at West Ham, saying: ‘It was a huge mistake.
‘Simone was still concerned by the penalty he missed with Italy at the time and he fail to settle in well in London.
‘He was not happy with the weather and with the formation of his ex boss. Moving to Spain was the best ever decision for him.’
These comments are sure to intrigue many of our resident West Ham supporters, who have since seen Zaza impress at Spanish side Valencia, bagging 12 goals in just 27 games for the La Liga outfit, including six in seven league games this term.
Yet there was no sign of that at the London Stadium, and now it has become a little clearer as to why.
Landlord’s verdict: It’s fair to say that things didn’t work out at all for striker Simone Zaza at West Ham, which will be all the more frustrating for Hammers fans given his fine form for Valencia since then.
But now his father has lifted the lid on why the 28-year-old struggled so much in East London, with his penalty miss for Italy in Euro 2016, the English climate, and Slaven Bilic’s tactics all combining to give Zaza a miserable experience at the London Stadium.
Criticism of Bilic’s tactics is likely to be of the biggest interest to Hammers supporters, especially with their side struggling to score goals this time round as well.
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