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Simone Zaza Offers Refreshingly Honest Take On His Failed Spell At West Ham

Simone Zaza Offers Refreshingly Honest Take On His Failed Spell At West Ham
By Mikey Traynor

Having cut his time at West Ham short to join Valencia on loan until the end of the season, it's safe to say that Simone Zaza's time at the London club was unsuccessful.

The Italian international signed after being mocked relentlessly for his woeful penalty at Euro 2016 that ultimately saw Italy knocked out of the competition, so already things were off to a bad start.

Add to that the pressure of being one of very few signings, when world class additions had been promised to build on a very impressive season last year, and it was always going to be difficult for Zaza.

Having failed to score a single goal in 11 appearances, he was a flop in England and that is something that he himself understands.

It was a very difficult time for me. When I left Juventus, I was very optimistic. I wanted to have an experience in England because I thought that would best suit my qualities.

But everything started badly. I think the biggest at fault was me because I was very negative and I never saw the positive side to my situation. It was a different culture and atmosphere to mine.

Now that I'm here, I feel bad not proving in England what I'm capable of.

When he did get an opportunity to show what he could do, he struggled to make an impact and looked disinterested, but he was usually introduced from the bench with the team already struggling.

It's rare to see a player, especially a striker, hold his hand up and admit that he himself was the main reason that a transfer didn't work out, so credit to him for that.

However, if it was difficult at West Ham, it's going to be even more difficult at Valencia as the club are in full blown crisis mode and are right in the thick of a relegation dogfight. It seems as though the fans are not too enthused with the idea of Zaza being the man to turn their form around, so again it looks as though he'll have his work cut out for him.


[via Telegraph.co.uk]

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