Argentine ace Mauro Zarate told TyC Sports that he left West Ham because he was being played out of position.
The Hammers snapped the Argentine up on a free transfer in the summer of 2014. He failed to hit the heights that were expected of him in east London, however.
The 33-year-old, who now plies his trade in Argentina with Boca Juniors, racked up seven goals and three assists in 29 appearances for West Ham (Transfermarkt).
Zarate produced the odd piece of magic, but he just wasn’t consistent enough.
He is currently plying his trade in his homeland with Boca Juniors. And he has enjoyed a more successful spell there than he did with West Ham, racking up 15 goals and 11 assists in 57 games (Transfermarkt). He also won the league title this season.
The South American is a centre-forward by trade, but during his time with the Hammers he was often shunted out on the wing.
And Zarate alluded to being played out of position as the main reason why he left West Ham, when speaking to TyC Sports:
“I really regret leaving Lazio, West Ham and Fiorentina. It was a mistake to have left Lazio as an idol. After I made that mistake, I came to West Ham and started to have a good level. But I decided to leave because I didn’t like the position I was playing in. People loved me very much, and I have beautiful memories.”
Some West Ham supporters will argue that Zarate simply wasn’t good enough to be a success in the Premier League.
But perhaps if he was played as a centre-forward, the Hammers faithful would have seen the best of the 33-year-old.