Former West Ham hero Ricardo Vaz Te scores first brace in Turkish football

The Portuguese forward left West Ham in January on a free transfer.

In January, West Ham agreed to release Portuguese attacker Ricardo Vaz Te from his contract at the club, to allow him to facilitate a move elsewhere.

The attacker remains a club hero at West Ham because of the goal he scored against Blackpool in the Championship play-off final a couple of seasons back. However, this season he could not buy a game for West Ham.

Injuries and an influx of new personnel saw his playing time dwindle in the past 18 months. This season he featured just four times in the Premier League.

The day after his release he joined Turkish outfit Akhisar Belediyespor, managed by Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos.

Today proved to be his best day yet in Akhisar colours, as he netted his first brace for the club.

He had already opened his goal account, scoring a late winner against Fenerbahce in February.

On this occasion it was two efforts in a 5-1 win over Karabukspor. The other goals came from two other former Premier League players, Lomana Lula Lua and Theofanis Gekas.

But there was no doubt here that Vaz Te was the star of the show.

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