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Maxi Gomez flops on big Champions League debut after turning down West Ham for Valencia
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Maxi Gomez flops on big Champions League debut after turning down West Ham for Valencia

One of the reasons Maxi Gomez snubbed West Ham United for Valencia in the summer was reportedly Champions League football.

But the Uruguayan striker won’t be playing much more of that if the performance of him and his team on Wednesday night is anything to go by.

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 struggling after big move

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

Marca reported that then 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.

The manager who had showed so much faith in the 22-year-old was then sacked as Valencia made a poor start to the new season.

Meanwhile in England West Ham are unbeaten in the league since the opening day and could go third with a win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Snubbed Hammers for Champions League but flops on debut

Things had looked to be improving for Gomez when he scored a brace in a 3-3 draw with Getafe last month.

But when he was handed his big Champions League home debut from the start against Ajax on Wednesday night he flopped.

Gomez touched the ball just a handful of times and registered one shot in a 3-0 defeat.

He was dragged off after 57 minutes and looked disconsolate.

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

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Haller’s contrasting fortunes

And they are more than happy with the man they signed instead, £45million Sebastien Haller.

The Frenchman has three goals and three assists in six games so far for West Ham.

But it is his all round game, awareness, strength, hold-up play, agility and intelligence that has impressed fans and pundits alike.

It seems missing out on Gomez and getting Haller was a sliding doors moment that has worked in West Ham’s favour for a change.