West Ham United striker has claimed his knowledge of the club prior to his transfer came from the renowned film about East End hooligans!
A £12 million signing from Pachuca, Ecuadorian hit-man Enner Valencia, 24, has conceded that his knowledge of West Ham United prior to his summer transfer was largely restricted to what he had seen from world famous hooligan movies, such as Green Street.
Fortunately for Valencia, the reception he has witnessed from the Hammers faithful has been a contrast in nature to what was depicted on the silver screen and the striker became particularly enamoured with the Irons supporters after they all stayed behind in the stadium after a Tottenham Hotspur game - despite the 1-0 loss at the Boleyn Ground.
"I knew about West Ham mainly from watching films and I know that the supporters were very passionate," commented Valencia, as quoted by The Mirror. "I don’t remember the names of all the films, but I remember Green Street."
He continued: "In England, the fans are respectful in the sense that in South America if you lose a match you can’t even go out in the street. Here, after we lost the opening game [against Spurs] people stayed in the stadium and showed their support. That’s something I really liked.”
With two starts and two substitute appearances behind him, Valencia has been responsible for four completed dribbles, two key passes and one goal scored from eight shots attempted.
In the past year, Valencia has entered a prolific streak as he netted 18 in 23 league appearances for Pachuca while all eight of his international goals have been scored since November, 2013 (with one finding the back of the net at West Ham's rivals Millwall's manor, The Den, in a friendly with Australia).
Prior to his days with Pachuca, Valencia represented Emelec and the player recalled an incident during the Clasico - a match with their own main enemies.
He said: “We had to beat them in order to move onto the same points and we couldn’t get the win. It was very difficult to get everyone out of the stadium!”
The Mirror claim Valencia wants to play a key role as West Ham ready themselves for a stadium move to the Olympic site, but his main priority is "to continue to score and help the team get as high as possible."