Former West Ham United and Everton striker Enner Valencia has delighted his old fans with a post on social media.
West Ham’s battle for survival and Everton’s bid for a European place are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is growing uncertainty over when or indeed if the season will resume as much of the world is on lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Fans of West Ham and Everton were given some cheer, though, when their former striker Valencia posted a picture from isolation on Twitter.
Valencia posts picture from lockdown
The striker – now with Mexican side Tigres – posted an image of his family all of them sporting a different kit of his current and former clubs.
And two of the children are wearing the Everton and West Ham kits from his time there.
“Let’s not lose faith, better days will come, stay at home #family,” Valencia said alongside the photo on Twitter.
— EnnerValencia (@EnnerValencia14) March 28, 2020
Some foreign players are seen as mercenaries, only in it for the money.
But the cute picture shows Valencia took a little piece of both West Ham and Everton with him.
Valencia not just a mercenary
He 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.
But unfortunately for West Ham, it proved something of a one-off.
Back to his best in the Americas
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).
Valencia had a poor goal record in English football of just 13 strikes from 91 games. As a result there were no takers in Europe.
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.
And it seems Valencia is more comfortable back in the Americas. There he has rediscovered the form which made him such a hot prospect.
The forward has scored 35 goals back at Tigres since leaving the Hammers on a permanent basis.
And he helped them lift the Mexican League (Liga MX) title in his first season there too.