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Simone Zaza’s fantastic start to the season with Valencia will make West Ham fans absolutely livid

The Italian striker is boasting all kinds of brilliant records in La Liga at the moment

We imagine West Ham fans don’t have a whole lotta nice things to say about Simone Zaza. 

The Italian forward spent about five months with Slaven Bilic’s side last season, joining on-loan from Juventus in the summer and making 11 fairly uninspiring appearances for the side.

You’re… you’re just not that good, Simone

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You’re… you’re just not that good, Simone

He was promptly sent back to Turin in January and was branded a bit of a dud – having failed to score a single goal during his time in East London.


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But that didn’t stop La Liga desperados Valencia snapping him for the second-half of the season… and he hasn’t looked back since.

Having finished his first season in Spain with six goals, Valencia decided to buy him outright.

And he just keeps getting better and better. 

Man in form

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Man in form

The former Sassuolo star – who’s perhaps best known for his bizarre missed penalty in Italy’s quarter-final shootout defeat to Germany at Euro 2016 – has scored nine league goals for the Los Che so far this season, meaning he’s behind only Lionel Messi in the Spanish top-flight’s scoring chart this season.

Not only that, but he’s notched more goals than the entire West Ham squad combined this season.

Sorry, Hammers fans.

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Zaza was often criticised for being wasteful in front of goal during his short-stint with the Claret and Blues.

Well, so far this season he’s hit the back of the net with his last EIGHT shots on target.

He’s also the club’s first foreign player to score in five consecutive La Liga games since the legendary Mario Kempes, and is only the third Valencia player in their history to score in six straight league games.

There must be something in the air at Valencia, eh?