West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini decided to ditch striker Lucas Perez in the summer after one season.

The 31-year-old joined the Hammers from Arsenal in the summer of 2018 for around £4million, according to BBC Sport.

In the end Perez proved to be a poor signing for West Ham and was sold to Alaves.

The forward had struggled with the Gunners, but showed glimpses of his talent.

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Was Pellegrini too hasty over Perez?

And West Ham hoped they would be the ones to coax the best out of Perez.  He failed to establish himself in the starting XI at the London Stadium, though.

There were flashes – like against Cardiff City and Leicester – and West Ham skipper Mark Noble described Perez as the best finisher he has ever seen at the club (Evening Standard).

Given his bit-part role, Perez’s record of six goals from nine starts was certainly not the worst.

But this season West Ham have looked short of options, movement and variety up front with Sebastien Haller the only proven striker at Pellegrini’s disposal.

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World class goal shows striker’s talent

The statistic which perhaps best highlights that is the fact West Ham have scored just one goal from outside the box – Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick vs Manchester United – and none in open play, the worst record in the Premier League.

 

Over in Spain, Perez was doing just that, and in some style too.

He scored a truly world class goal in Alaves’ 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Perez showed superb, skill, pace and power as he beat three players before curling a stunning strike into the top corner.

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Hammers lacking options and variety

Any West Ham fans watching will be left wondering whether Pellegrini was too hasty shipping him out of the club, particularly in light of his lack of squad depth.

Of course it is easy to criticise the decision to let Perez go with the benefit of hindsight.

But so good was the goal, which you can watch below, it does beg the question.

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