Everton summer signing takes a pop at West Ham
By Amir Mir
Enner Valencia has had a double swipe at West Ham by claiming it is much harder in training with Everton and his previous club failed to utilise him in his best position last season.
Striker Valencia sealed a season-long loan move with a view to a £14.5 million sale from the London stadium to Goodison Park on deadline day.
But the 26-year-old has taken aim at his parent club by stating it is much more enjoyable in training with Ronald Koeman’s side and claimed it is now “a little bit harder” with is new club.
“I am very happy to be here,” Valencia told the Liverpool Echo. “This is a great club with excellent fans and I want to be on pitch with my new team-mates.
“I have enjoyed training with my new team-mates, it’s different to my last team – it is a little bit harder.”
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Valencia made 29 appearances in all competitions for Slaven Bilic’s side last season, scoring six goals and providing four assists.
The Ecuador international complained about his lack of games up front with the Hammers last season, as the versatile attacker played eleven games as a centre-forward scoring three goals.
“The best performances of my career have come as a striker,” said Valencia.
“Last year at West Ham I was used to playing as a winger which was difficult for me because it is not the position I feel well in.”
Valencia signed for the Hammers in the summer of 2014 from Mexican club Pachuca for a fee of £12 million making 72 appearances and scoring ten goals.
He now joins a high-flying Everton side who sit third in the Premier League table with ten points from a possible 12.
The versatile attacker will face competition for a starting place with Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku who netted a hat-trick in the Toffees 3-0 win at Sunderland on Monday night.
In other West Ham transfer news, Slaven Bilic has revealed reported £40 million summer target wanted Arsenal move.