Valencia Verdict – The fans speak

Enner Valencia tends to split opinion among Irons fans.

After suffering his share of injuries he has managed four goals and two assists in the last six games, so are we convinced this is a £12m player?

ClaretandHugh’s Facebook forum members have been discussing the Ecuadorian international @https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/

Here’s what they are saying:

Britain West Ham ValenciaO SELL

O Not a lone striker 
O Selfish!
Unpredictable! Can be untouchable can be a waste of space.

Didn’t have a great game yesterday but as we have no recognised striker at the moment and Payet, bar Bournemouth, has been feeling his way back in, almost invaluable.

He’s got the tools, but at times he forgets to put them in his bag! With everyone fit he wouldn’t be a starter. Sakho, with Payet, Lanzini, and Antonio behind!

Not convinced so far and when everyone’s fit  he wouldn’t get into my first 11

Always on his arse !!
O Time to sell.
O Yeah I agree. Great player. Especially when you look at days gone by
O Diver
O Worth keeping, lots of them wobbled yesterday. He has other decent qualities

O Need Sakho back and Valencia plays much better when Sakho is playing and is more mobile

He was a the hero two weeks ago when he scored that free kick now he’s the villain

O cheating mediocre diving non performer ???
O Extremely frustrating

O Not strong enough or committed enough for the premier league certainly not upfront on his own

O Most people are being a bit harsh on the player
He needs to be talked to about going down too easy. I think he’s at he was at his best when we played two up front with Sakho. We haven’t had both available at the same time yet this year. I think that combo works very well as they both have great pace and their style of play complements each other. He’s too much of a light weight for the lone striker role.

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11 comments on “Valencia Verdict – The fans speak

  1. 4 goals and 2 assists in how many games?
    think only Reid and Adrian stood out yesterday, bad day allround imo, no use in singling Valencia out he was just as good as the rest!

  2. He seems very ‘lightweight’ to me and not really strong or powerful enough for the Premiership.

    If I remember correctly he was bought on the strength of a decent World Cup for his country – always a big mistake – and he’s struggled to impress, had several injuries that haven’t helped and always seems to get knocked over or falls down far too easily.

    It’s a bit of a bugbear with me but I’m curious how good his English is and how he interacts with his Teammates(?)

  3. Was never brought to be alone striker,he is like all impact players has his off days,Payet has had 2 in a row,Antonio and Moses were no better nor were the forwards that came on,
    So why is he a villain when 6 others were no better,
    At £12 million he is still cheap,
    On Tuesday the same people that are knocking him will be singing his praise when he gets a couple against Liverpoor,
    We have got to find the blend that works and most fans think it’s
    Noble. Kouyate
    Cresswell Reid Ogbonna Bryham
    Or most don’t personally I would play Obiang instead of Noble and Tomkins instead of Ogbonna
    But look what’s left Carroll Moses Antonio Collins Song Oxford Randolf plus many others
    No way will we all have the same favourites but Valencia is good for our club or would you prefer Cole,Nolan,Nene,Vaz Te ect back I don’t think so

    • Obviously, it’s a much better squad than last year but there’s been a couple of duff performances lately, particularly against Southampton – Song, Moses, Valencia, Payet etc were all below par – but the thread is about Valencia and you can only give your honest opinion!

      I’ll ask a question – when Sakho and Lanzini are fit again will Valencia get in team? My answer would be no – I’d relegate him to the bench – just an opinion!

  4. Like your team Bubs but

  5. Like your team Bubs but I would choose Obiang over Noble every day

  6. Very frustrating yesterday, valencia wasn’t the only one who was under par. Agree that he was one of the worst. Song=nothing, moses=nothing, payet=next to nothing. Most of the time there were all 10 saints in the penalty box. I hardly heard AC mentioned but nothing was put in for him to get on the end of. A collective poor game.

  7. Valencia is poor. Awful first touch and falls over too much, he bottled the tackle for the first goal yesterday. He is honestly a waste of space and the worst player in the squad by a mile. I have no idea why people give him the time

  8. Valencia spends half the games sitting on the ground waving at the referee for a foul (which never comes). He also doesn’t chase back when he loses possession. Yes he gets spectacular goals but his overall goal return is poor. Compare him with Antonio who is a grafter and someone who never gives up. He is also very physical. Prefer him every time in my starting 11.

  9. Over rated. Poor 1st touch,lazy and finishing is awful. Won’t score another goal till next season. Would not be fussed if we sold him.

  10. In my opinion Valencia is a very good player, will agree he calls for fouls when he should get up and get back (he has nearly always been fouled though) but he works harder than most, he is an exceptional athlete, that offers us a lot offensively as well as defensively, he relieves the pressure on the defence by picking the ball up deep and running with it, he can score all sorts of goals and his pace upsets the opposition at 12 million he was a steal.

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