West Ham star Enner Valencia admits finding it hard to adapt to the Premier League

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

Enner Valencia has admitted for the first time that he has found it tough to adapt to life in East London after his £12 million summer move.

The season literally started with a bang for the diminutive Ecuadorian when his bullet wonderstrike earned the Hammers a draw away at Hull City.

But he has struggled for goals since, scoring just three more in a season which promised so much for both player and club.

When he rocked up in East London from Mexican side Pachua last summer off the back of a brilliant Brazilian World Cup showing, Valencia admitted he only knew about West Ham because of hooligan films like Green Street - as reported by the Express.

He has since found out life on the pitch in the Premier League can be just as tough.

"Looking back on my first season at West Ham, I think it has been a year of ups and downs," he told West Ham's official website.

"I had a few injuries at the beginning, and the Premier League is a very strong, dynamic league. I’ve had to adapt, which has been hard, but I think I’ve done well in the process."

Valencia's up and down campaign has had some notable lows. His all-important last spot-kick was saved by Sheffield United's Mark Howard as the Hammers were knocked out at home in the second round of the League Cup on penalties.

And back in March, when West Ham were without sicknote striker Andy Carroll and needed him most, he suffered a freak injury after stepping on the shards of a smashed toothbrush holder at home and slicing open his toe.

The injury kept him out for weeks and he is only just beginning to find his fitness again with four games left.

Despite those lows, though, Valenica is positive about his and the club's future and has promised fans they are yet to see the best of him.

He added: "I have learned a lot about the Premier League, the teams that play well, the teams that play strong and different kinds of football. I’ve adapted and I think next season will be better than this one."

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch