“Ignored” Zarate “has shown real character”


One time forgotten man Mauro Zarate has come in from the West Ham cold to play a major part in the club’s surge towards the heights.

The Argentine – cold shouldered by the previous manager and looking likely to make a rapid exit from the club – has been born again and is determined “to nail a starting place every week.”

Zarate’s goal against Chelsea was his fourth in five starts and he has shaken off the horrors of last season in the best possible way.

He was bought from the Argentine outfit Velez Sarsfield for a humble £2 million having scored 19 goals in 29 goals.

Having done well in both the UK and Europe he was a nailed-on gamble at the price having returned to the Argentine to rebuild his image after some controversial episodes.

However, he received very few chances to impress last season and was eventually kicked out on loan to Queens Park Rangers where his reputation suffered again amid allegations of fitness problems.

But a top insider told ClaretandHugh earlier this morning: “It’s well David Sullivan bought him but the former manager never gave him a second thought.

“His attitude nearly destroyed the bloke – he never welcomed him to the club, hardly ever talked to him and generally gave him the cold shoulder. Basically he ignored him.

“It’s a tribute to Mauro  how he has reacted. He has shown real character and we hope he will get plenty of game time this season because he’s a player who wants to start every game as he has done most of his career if he’s to remain 100 per cent happy.

“He’s had a great start and is showing what he’s all about and putting some real value back on himself. We really want him to stay and be a part of the exciting things that are happening here.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnboy says:

    There’s no doubt we are all happy hammers right now and praising zarate is great but the guy we all should be praising is sakho as well !!!!!
    The work he is doing is phenomenal and he deserves special praise !!!!
    Bilic has got to find a way for him to score some goals as well.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    This managers new fluid attacking approach is certainly better suited to Zarates game, and he certainly looks happier, but he must avoid falling back into sulk mode when he gets dropped. That is a problem which belongs only to him. Earlier in the season he was seen being actively consoled by Terzic when he was subbed, not looking at all happy. I’m sure the new management staff are more diplomatic and understanding than the last.
    All our players are now small fish in a very big pond, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to being dropped to let Moses come back in the team ( if that happens ). Only Adrian can fully expect his place in the team every week.

  • Michael Miller says:

    There’s no doubt that he has talent – it was fitness problems and a perceived questionable attitude that held him back – great goal on Saturday but you would expect Moses to take his place next week. There’s no point in paying Moses wages and then not play him – Zarate will have to be content with cameo roles!

  • petebonds says:

    It’s certainly great to have such players as an option , the trick is to keep them all happy !

  • Bob The Iron says:

    That idiot Allardyce never wanted him from day one.Great to see a manager now who seems to get the best out of him.amazing to see a team with Zarate,Lanzini & Payet all in it.
    Just got to love watching them together 😉

  • Muckracker says:

    That idiot forced the talentless Nolegs down our throat when better players were available and spat on all that we hold dear. He continues to bite the hand that fed him so well even now, spouting gutter rubbish. Amazing how he still has “grateful” adherents amongst our ranks.

  • Bob The Iron says:

    Yet still this morning you have people on Wetpants praising & thanking Hippo for what he did.Maybe there should be a national Allardyce Thanksgiving Day for all the lame Irons supporters who want to kiss his butt.Is there a cut off point when we can officially stop thanking him.In 10yrs maybe,lol

  • HamburgHammer says:

    I’d love it if Zarate scored a brace against Sunderland in our next game and celebrated by running past the slouching Allardyce in his dugout while cupping his ear to him…

  • johnboy says:

    That would be a classic HH,
    Just remind wet pants on you’re next post that he slagged every west ham supporter with his remarks and cupped hand , and if they had any pride in themselves and the club to stop the praising of a false and egotystic Muppet !!!!!

  • Radai Lama says:

    Lol,oh yeah that would be so sweet to see H,haha.But im sure we would have some sad fans telling us that it lacked respect towards Hippo 😀

  • HamburgHammer says:

    People defending Allardyce are free to have their opinion, and it’s impossible to make all of them change their minds. I never bought all the hype around him.
    There were and are other managers out there who could have done and can do what he did and does. I don’t have time for people who are not capable to share credit and praise.
    Or blame for that matter. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am he is gone.
    As for lacking respect Allardyce deserves everything that comes his way.
    The way he treated the fans and certain players, Zarate being a good example, has been appalling.

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