West Ham United are looking for a striker and the fans found one during the win over Leicester City on Monday night.

Hammers play-off hero Ricardo Vaz Te was pictured sitting in amongst West Ham fans for the 4-1 win over the Foxes at the London Stadium.

“Vaz Te literally sitting with the fans lol,” Hammers supporter Roman Sweeny posted on Twitter alongside a picture of the man who fired West Ham back into the Premier League with his last gasp winner over Blackpool in the 2012 playoff final.

Ricardo Vaz Te at the London Stadium for the Leicester game. Photo: @romanwhufc

West Ham need a striker and the fans found one last night

As a result of that goal, the speedy Portuguese will always have a special place in the hearts of West Ham fans.

In east London, Vaz Te proved the missing piece in the promotion jigsaw for the Hammers after they had tasted relegation from the Premier League the previous May.

Vaz Te scored 12 goals after joining for the second half of that campaign, including a run of nine in seven league matches and a memorable hat-trick in a 6-0 Upton Park thrashing of fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Vaz Te will forever be remembered for firing Hammers back into the big time

The highlight of his time as a Hammer came in May 2012 at Wembley Stadium after West Ham had finished third and made it to the playoff final.

With extra-time looming Vaz Te stepped up to smash the ball home from close-range and fire West Ham team back into the big time.

 

Although, injuries were bound to catch back up with him at some point and the next two and a half seasons were not very much fun for him at all, struggling for game time and form.

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Great to see former Hammer retain his love for the club

Vaz Te only netted a further seven goals in all competitions in Claret and Blue, an injury-blighted period that finally drew to a close in Sam Allardyce’s final season when he moved on to Akhisar Belediyespor in Turkey.

It is great to see Vaz Te still holds a keen interest in his old club.

There are many who move on that have little to no interest let alone attend matches.

And Vaz Te would have got a lot of love from fans as they returned to pack out the London Stadium once more.

In other news, West Ham could get new Zlatan before deadline if striker lives up to big billing.

And West Ham struggling to find new striker admits David Moyes.

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