West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has been singing the praises of teammate Mauro Zarate.
England international striker Carroll played alongside the summer signing against Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
Former Lazio forward Zarate has not enjoyed a great start to life at the Boleyn Ground and had been struggling for fitness of late, but against the Toffees he was on fire.
The 27-year-old came on as a substitute in the second half of the encounter at the Goodison and scored almost immediately.
Zarate was a major threat to the Everton defence during the remainder of the match, leading former Newcastle United and Liverpool star Carroll to shower praises on him.
“He is great,” West Ham’s official website quotes Carroll as saying. “He has got quick feet, he is nippy and he gets in and around defenders.
“He's a great player and he showed that on Saturday because he changed the game when he came on.”
Zarate was once marked for greatness and he proved his quality to English football followers during a loan spell with Birmingham City back in 2008.
However, things have not gone according to plan for the Argentine, who at the age of 27 is somewhat of a ‘lost talent’.
What Zarate needs at the moment is to be consistent in his performances. Competition for places in West Ham’s attack is fierce, but the former Velez Sarsfield star does have the ability to make himself a regular in Sam Allardyce’s team.