Former West Ham United striker Antonio Martinez scored a stunning scissor kick volley on his Porto debut yesterday.
Deemed not good enough for West Ham as a young forward, Martinez was shipped out on loan to the likes of Oxford United, Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda and Lugo before being released last year.
Hammers had high hopes for Martinez and it’s easy to see why
The ex Hammer then excelled with Portuguese side Famalicao, earning a move to giants Porto this summer.
West Ham did have high hopes for the Spaniard during his academy days.
And Martinez showed why on Saturday.
After a bedding in period, Martinez made his first league start for Porto in their game against GD Fabril.
The striker marked it in style with a wonderful scissor kick volley in a 2-0.
The goal, which you can see below, showed just why Porto have taken a chance on the former West Ham striker.
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Martinez’s teammate, Felipe Anderson, has been enduring a spell with Porto so far on loan from West Ham.
So much so there has even been, seemingly unfounded, talk of an early return to east London.
But things improved for the Brazilian on Saturday when he played 80 minutes of the match before being substituted.
West Ham fans watching Martinez’s goal may be sat scratching their heads as to why the club let him leave.
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But there are many factors at play here.
Martinez has developed a lot physically since leaving West Ham and is a much more powerful presence.
It would be difficult to argue he showed so much promise that the club were mad to let him leave.
And although Porto are a famous European club, the Portuguese league is not even considered among the five or six best in Europe.
On the flip side it could be argued West Ham may have been able to keep him for relatively cheap and allow him more time to develop.
That ship has long since sailed, though. And it will be interesting to see if he can prove the Hammers wrong long term.
But more power to Martinez and West Ham fans will no doubt wish him well.