A new era might’ve dawned at Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival, but it seems to have set the sun on Antonio Valencia’s Manchester United career.
Indeed, the Ecuadorian is out of favour with the Norwegian manager and seems destined to leave the club in the summer.
While Valencia’s services are wanted by multiple European heavyweights West Ham United are the latest contenders for his services (according to the Sun). The Hammers aim to bring him as a replacement for Pablo Zabaleta, who might leave in the summer. It’d be a like for like change and like Jack Wilshere last season, they’d like to make Valencia their big free signing in the summer.
Age might be catching up to Valencia, but the Ecuadorian still boasts of experience which West Ham could really use at the moment. Manuel Pellegrini needs an experienced candidate to help stabilize the Hammers.
The Ecuadorian might be a topsy-turvy defender, but he’s still impressively quick and can add a bite to their attack. While he’ll be rotated with young Ryan Fredericks – whom he can guide forward – Valencia can be a valuable squad player with his trickery and knowledge.
Having played in the Premier League for over a decade, he knows the ins and outs of what’s needed to succeed in the competitive environment. He’s immersed into a leader’s role in recent years, having the ability to bring an unbreakable drive and confidence to help Manuel Pellegrini’s side challenge for a top-six spot in the Premier League.