Zarate is the type of striker rarely used by manager Sam Allardyce but at a time when much is being made of the ‘wage pot’ his three three year deal on £40k a week suggests he’s a major first team investment.
And one club source told ClaretandHugh:”He’s a a top top player who can do stuff you wouldn’t even imagine. He will get the fans out of their seats, I promise you.
“He is desperate to succeed and will receive a full pre-season so there can be no thoughts of him not having his fitness levels up – something we heard a lot of last year.”
However, fears remain in some areas of the club that he will be used sparingly by manager Sam Allardyce who has no track record of consequence for using players of this type.
However, our source said: “It would be wrong of people to make a judgement of that nature at this stage.
“Sam Allardyce has a preferred way of playing like most managers but he knows a top player when he sees one and Zarate is certainly that.
“The club would never have made such an investment were this guy not the real deal. He can score us eight or ten goals a season – he a great buy.”