West Ham fans react to Zarate's display against Everton

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West Ham slipped to a 2-1 loss at Everton, but fans were full of praise for striker Mauro Zarate.

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.

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