Enner Valencia announced himself on the English Premier League stage with a stunning long-range strike in West Ham’s clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium. The Ecuadorean striker arrived from Mexican side Pachuca in the summer for a reported £12 million, but had yet to find the target in his first two appearances for the London side after coming off the substitute’s bench. That all changed in emphatic fashion on Monday.
With West Ham trialing to a first-half debut goal from another South American striker, Uruguayan Abel Hernandez, Valencia picked the ball up some distance from goal and drifted forward before unleashing, with remarkably little backlift, an unstoppable drive of ferocious venom into the top of the net. Hull City goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, who had made a fine save in the opening half, was suitably dumbfounded.
Valencia, 24, joined Sam Allardyce’s Wet Ham on the back of scoring three goals at the 2014 World Cup, all in the group phase. With striker Andy Carroll again out with injury, West Ham will be hoping Valencia can now find the net on a regular basis.