West Ham United’s big-money summer signing Enner Valencia scored again for his national team last night as Ecuador crushed fellow South Americans Bolivia 4-0 in an international friendly.
The 24-year-old striker made headways this summer as he performed excellently for Ecuador despite their early World Cup exit.
During the three group games, he netted once against Switzerland and twice during his country’s 2-1 victory over Honduras – just one goal short of Lionel Messi’s World Cup total in four fewer matches.
His impressive performances caught the attention of a number of leading European sides but it was the Hammers who managed to seal his signature, prising him away from Mexican outfit Pachuca for an estimated fee of £12 million.
Whilst life in the Premier League hasn’t quite kicked off just yet – Valencia has made just two substitute appearances, totaling 20 minutes of action – his goals on the international scene continue to flow.
Against Bolivia, with his side cruising at 2-0, the West Ham striker put the result beyond doubt as he latched on to a clinical through-ball before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home into the empty net.
It was his seventh international goal in as many games in 2014 and was yet more proof of what he can do when given the opportunity.
With a run which sees West Ham face Liverpool, Manchester United and ;Manchester City over the next six games, surely it won’t be long until boss Sam Allardyce releases the shackles and shows exactly why he parted with £12m for the natural goalscorer.