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Maxi Gomez endures difficult start to life at Valencia after snubbing summer move to West Ham
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Maxi Gomez endures difficult start to life at Valencia after snubbing summer move to West Ham

The Maxi Gomez soap opera already seems like an age ago for West Ham United fans.

The long-running transfer battle between West Ham and Valencia finally fell in favour of the La Liga side.

West Ham were desperate for a striker and seemed to have put all their eggs in one basket by chasing Uruguayan youngster Gomez since January.

Valencia got their man, though, and at the time Hammers fans were left cursing another fruitless striker chase.

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Gomez snub hurt but Hammers got Haller

Champions League football and sunnier climes had won the day for the Spanish outfit over West Ham’s more lucrative contract.

In the end West Ham spent their £45million elsewhere on record capture Sebastien Haller.

West Ham fans will no doubt be keeping one eye on the fortunes of Valencia and Gomez next season.

And so far things have not gone as the 22-year-old might have hoped.

After failing to get a single minute for Uruguay in the summer’s Copa America Gomez then struggled in pre-season appearances for Valencia.

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Gomez endures difficult start to life at Valencia

His performance against Bayer Leverkusen before the start of the season was so bad it had some supporters and media questioning the signing already.

Marca reported that Valencia boss Marcelino had to try and protect Gomez’s confidence by giving the striker his backing in front of teammates after the disappointing showing.

Marca reported: “Maxi’s disappointing performance culminated in a wasted opportunity as he failed to score in a one-on-one situation with Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. ‘Calm down, you’ve only just arrived’ were Marcelino’s words of advice in the dressing room after the game.”

At the weekend the La Liga season kicked off.

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Unused sub as Los Che toil

But despite being at home against Real Sociedad Gomez failed to see a single minute of action.

The £40million star was left on the bench as Marcelino used all three subs in a disappointing 1-1 draw.

That was despite centre forward Rodrigo coming off too.

Ironically Gomez’s first taste of action for Valencia could come against his old club Celta Vigo. Los Che travel there on Saturday night for their second game of the new campaign.

If Gomez is struggling to adapt to his new club and deal with the hefty price tag despite remaining in Spain perhaps West Ham dodged a bullet.

The last thing Pellegrini would have needed was to wait six months for his marquee signing to settle in, particularly given his lack of alternatives.

West Ham fans have seen enough in Haller to suggest he could hit the ground running.