The tables have turned as West Ham United’s prime summer striker target pulled ahead of Sebastien Haller in the goal chase on Saturday.

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

West Ham were desperate for a striker and chased Uruguayan youngster Gomez from January onwards.

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

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West Ham thought they got a better deal

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 Haller.

And it had looked money well spent as West Ham and Haller made a promising start to the season while Gomez struggled badly at Valencia.

Haller has looked tired and isolated of late, though, and put in a woeful performance in the 3-2 home defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.

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Gomez has turned the tables

As the Frenchman toiled, over in Spain Gomez has turned the tables.

The 23-year-old has been improving every week for Valencia.

And he moved ahead of Haller in the goal stakes with his fifth of the season as he struck a late winner away at Espanyol to push Valencia up to ninth in the table.

West Ham have slipped to 12th in the Premier League with no win in six games and just one point from home matches against Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Newcastle.

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Questions will start to be asked about £45million Haller

Hammers fans took solace in Haller’s fast start and Gomez’s struggles.

But it is now easy to see why Manuel Pellegrini wanted the former Celta Vigo man.

And questions will now start to be asked as to whether Haller is indeed worth West Ham’s record fee. The forward is not being helped by his teammates.

But he also offers little besides his hold-up play and finishing inside the box. And that’s on the rare occasion West Ham find him in goalscoring positions.

West Ham supporters can only hope the manager can find a system that suits Haller and help turn the club’s fortunes around.

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