After just 30 games could Enner Valencia leave West Ham this summer?

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A closer look at the player who could be a surprise departure from West Ham United this summer.

West Ham United started this season in brilliant form only to tail off in recent times, but despite the disappointment Hammers fans may feel there is still much to be proud of.

Questions remain over the future of manager Sam Allardyce, but he has built a fine side and some more quality additions this summer could see them push on again in 2016.

For all the talk of potential arrivals there are also likely to be some departures this summer so who could be the most likely player to leave West Ham in the close-season?

Current loan stars Alex Song and Carl Jenkinson may well move back to Barcelona and Arsenal respectively, although it would be no great surprise if the latter moved to Upton Park on a permanent basis. But the player most likely to be sold by West Ham could well be Enner Valencia.

It may be a questionable suggestion but the Ecuador international has not lived up to his considerable reputation, scoring just five goals in 30 appearances.

At the start of the season it looked like Allardyce had pulled off a masterstroke, but his record of three goals and three assists in a run of eight matches seems a long way off now.

More recently, Valencia has netted just twice in 16 league games, and with Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll also at the club, and previous reports linking West Ham with Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, could the summer signing be on his way so soon?

Previous talk of a move to Chelsea – as reported by the Mirror – may have turned Valencia’s head, but can he get back to his best knowing he has attracted interest from elsewhere, or would it be best to sell him and focus on players who are regular and effective goal-threats?

Only time will tell, but it would not be a huge surprise if Valencia left West Ham just a year after arriving.

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