When Lucas Perez arrived at West Ham United last season, expectations weren’t really high.
However, he’s still managed to let everyone down with a terrible debut season for the Hammers. Some job that, really. Indeed, it almost felt like his Premier League experience had vanished with a move to East London, looking like a fish out of water.
The 30-year-old Spaniard was absolutely incompatible to their system, producing one rubbish performance after another. In 15 Premier League appearances, many of which came from the bench, he only netted thrice. Despite having unquestionable quality around him, Perez couldn’t make good use of his resources to regain his goal-scoring instincts.
Frankly, if you can’t score when the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and company are putting things on a plate for you, something is seriously wrong.
One could notice why Unai Emery was so keen in selling him after arriving at Arsenal last season. What was his profit turned out as Manuel Pellegrini’s loss. Clearly, Perez just isn’t agile enough to outwit Premier League defenders nor physical enough to overpower them.
If his failures in England prove anything, he’s not cut for Premier League football.
So it’s no surprise the Hammers are willing to sell him for cheap this summer. According to reports (via Football London), West Ham are willing to offload the Spaniard for just £4million. In the current inflated market, that’s peanuts. However, to clear up wage budget and trim the squad from mediocrity, it’s a necessary move from the Hammers.
Perez would also benefit returning to Spain (with Estadio Deportivo last week claiming Real Betis are keen), where he enjoyed his best years. Just get him out.
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