Enner Valencia was the World Cup star who looked destined for big things when he signed for West Ham back in 2014.

The then 24-year-old joined the Hammers from Mexican side Pachuca for a fee believed to be worth £12million (Telegraph).

Valencia went on to score just 10 goals in 68 appearances for West Ham as he failed to truly establish himself in East London.

The diminutive striker scored a stunning thunderbolt goal at Hull City which underlined his great promise.

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Valencia’s West Ham struggles

But unfortunately for West Ham, it proved something of a one-off.

Valencia fell down the pecking order and was eventually loaned out to Everton where he scored just three goals in 23 games.

The Toffees were not interested in stumping up the £10million West Ham wanted to take Valencia permanently (Liverpool Echo).

And with a dismal record in English football of just 13 goals from 91 games there were no other takers in Europe either.

In July 2017, the Ecuadorian – who has a superb international record of 29 goals in 51 games for his national team – was shipped back to Mexico where he signed for Tigres UANL for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £5million.

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Enner finds his level again

And it seems Valencia is more comfortable back in the Americas.

 

Because he has rediscovered the form which made him such a hot prospect.

The forward has scored 35 goals in 85 games across two seasons at Tigres since leaving the Hammers on a permanent basis.

And he helped his new side lift the Mexican League (Liga MX) title too.

Now 29, Valencia still has a few years left yet.

He is four goals away from hitting the 100 club in his career so far, from just under 400 games.

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£700,000 per goal

Throw in his 29 international goals and it is a respectable record.

All-in-all Valencia proved a waste of money for West Ham.

Taking into account the £5million West Ham recouped for the striker Valencia cost the Hammers around £700,000 per goal. And that is without factoring in his wages too.

Some West Ham fans would say his goal at Hull was worth every penny of the £700,000.

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