West Ham striker Mauro Zarate has been out of picture lately, which has led to speculation that he could head back to Italy and sign for Torino In January.
That led to manager Sam Allardyce demanding that the Argentine fought for his place rather than leave the club, and with his Hammers side 1-0 down at Everton this afternoon, he turned to the former Inter Milan forward for help.
Just six minutes into the second half, Zarate was brought on in place of Carlton Cole, and he made an almost instant impact, cutting inside from the right and hitting a deflected shot over Tim Howard to bring West Ham level.
Zarate continued to cause problems for the Everton defence throughout, but could do nothing as Leon Osman slid in to convert Samuel Eto'o cross into the net to give the Toffees the win.
It was a blow for West Ham to lose the game having fought back to equalise, but Zarate's display was a welcome boost given his recent absence.
West Ham fans took to Twitter after the game to praise Zarate for his performance, with some fans comparing him to his compatriot Lionel Messi and West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio.
That's high praise for Zarate, but some were still concerned over his lack of defensive ability.
Zarate is a poor mans Messi— We've Only Got 1 Dom (@iamDomOConnell6) November 22, 2014
Zarate has been outstanding for us. Would like to see him play a lot more #COYI— 父 Charlie 父 (@CharlieNDenny) November 22, 2014
Zarate looks great. Hope to see more of him #WHUFC— J. Daniel Ford (@jdanielford) November 22, 2014
Zarate should be playing every week— Callum Taylor (@CallumDGT) November 22, 2014
We need to start Zarate in a #10 role. Foot works unreal— #17 (@PerryTamburrini) November 22, 2014
This is why Zarate should get more game time. Terrific, terrific top top player.— Joe Mercer (@MercerWHU91) November 22, 2014
Zarate gives you so many more options than you get with Carlton Cole— Pete ⚒ (@TheSilverfoxWHU) November 22, 2014
Hopefully Zarate can play more often now he's showing what he can do! #COYI— Sakho Fan-Club (@TheSakhoFanClub) November 22, 2014
For all his ability Zarate just lost the ball edge of his box and made no effort to win it back. Injury aside its why he's not 1st choice— tonycottee1986 (@tonycottee1986) November 22, 2014