West Ham flop is six World Cup goals off his all-time Premier League tally

Enner Valencia might not have lit up the Premier League whilst with West Ham and Everton, but he continues to impress in the World Cup.

The 33-year-old has kept up his fine record at the highest level after netting twice against Qatar on Sunday for Ecuador. It takes his total tally in the World Cup to five, a record in his country.

That is not bad for someone who has played just four times at the tournament – but it puts his Premier League record to shame. In 75 matches for West Ham and Everton, Valencia scored just 11 times – meaning that he is just six goals off reaching his Premier League total in the World Cup.

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It was actually at the 2014 World Cup where Valencia became hot property after a fine campaign for Ecuador in Brazil. That saw him net against Switzerland before grabbing a double in a 2-1 win over Honduras.

Soon after, West Ham forked out £12million for his services from Mexican outfit Pachuca, while the player admitted his only knowledge of the club came from the hooligan film Green Street.

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However, his international form did not translate to the Premier League where he struggled for consistency, lasting two seasons before joining Everton on loan. But his fortunes did not change on Merseyside, where he scored just three times in 21 appearances for the Toffees.

But the 33-year-old has rediscovered his goalscoring touch since and is currently the top scorer in the Super Lig with Fenerbahce. In 12 league matches this season, Valencia has scored 13 times – giving Ecuador a huge boost coming into the tournament in fine fettle.

And that proved the case on Sunday night when he scored twice against World Cup hosts Qatar, including a penalty and a bullet header. The forward was denied another goal just minutes into the contest after VAR ruled out his goal via a contentious offside.


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