Most of us were pretty surprised to hear of Chelsea’s apparent interest in Enner Valencia back in January.
The forward had a fairly indifferent first season at the club, scoring just five goals. As a result, many fans believe he may not be able to live up to the £12million fee we spent on him last summer.
Sam Allardyce did play him out of position on many an occasions last season, while his partnership with Diafra Sakho was interupted by injury to both of them on a number of occasions. This perhaps suggests he wasn’t able to carve out a consistent campaign for himself to prove how good he really is.
But it appears the Ecuadorian does have one eye on a move away from the club this summer.
Valencia will be playing for Ecuador in the Copa America this summer, but he has hinted that he may be open to a move away from the Boleyn Ground shortly afterwards.
He posted a message on his official Facebook page earlier today that said he knows of Chelsea’s interest and would consider a move if it was right for both him and the Hammers.
If that’s how he feels then I wouldn’t mind seeing the back of him – the last thing we need is players who aren’t fully committed to the cause.
But I’d equally like to see him have at least another season at the club, particularly with us in Europe next season. I’d assume a whoever the new manager is will have high hopes for a player like Valencia to be one of the focal points of our attacking threat next season.
Only time will tell, but it’s quite alarming to see a player openly admit to his interest in leaving the club during what is supposed to be an exciting era for us…