Enner Valencia showed just why West Ham United splashed out £12 million to sign him this summer in Monday night's 2-2 draw away to Hull City, with a sublime goal during his first significant taste of Premier League action.
Arriving from Mexican club Pachuca after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil, fitness issues postponed the Ecuadorian striker's first top-flight start, but his 50th-minute long-range strike to level the game at 1-1 was well worth the wait, and left Hammers fan excited about what the future has in store for their new marksman.
Valencia had previously started last month's Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield United, but a missed penalty during the 5-4 shootout defeat, as well as a number of wasted opportunities over the course of the 120 minutes, served as a far from encouraging sign going forward.
Nevertheless, Sam Allardyce decided it was time to show some faith in the 25-year-old front man after restricting him to two cameos off the bench in the league before the international break, and it was clear that supporters appreciated the manager's decision judging from the reaction.
Let's not be too hasty but #whufc played some decent stuff there. Valencia hugely impressive.— Martin Leaver (@martin_leaver) September 15, 2014
Valencia looks a player. Has to start up front now #whufc— Andy Robinson (@Espio1) September 15, 2014
I said it as soon as Valencia came on the scene before the World Cup against England that he was a top player. So glad he is at West Ham.— Terry Batcheler (@TerryBatcheler) September 15, 2014