Enner Valencia thanks West Ham fans after first Premier League season

The West Ham United forward has won the club's Goal of the Season award and thanked fans for their support.

West Ham’s Enner Valencia has thanked the club’s fans on the Hammersofficial website after winning their goal of the season award.

The Ecuadorian secured the trophy for his 25-yard effort in the 2-2 draw with Hull City back in October.

The 25-year-old forward has somewhat struggled in the Premier League this season, with just four goals to his name, while fellow forward Diafra Sakho has 10 for the campaign. However, the fans don’t think so, naming his strike their goal of the season and him their third choice for Player of the Year.

Now, Valencia has thanked the fans for their support across the season and for voting for him in the supporter polls.

“I am very happy that I am finishing my first season with West Ham United,” he said.

“I’m very grateful to all the fans and to everyone who voted for this goal and everyone who gave me their support. I am very happy with this award. I think this season has been great.”

While Valencia has not managed to score as often as he would have liked, his overall work rate and all-round play has clearly endeared him to the Hammers fan-base.

The move to England has obviously taken some adjustments, with the player moving 5,700 miles from home, and while the whole squad is likely to have helped him settle, the forward has reserved his praise for one player in particular.

“Since I arrived at the club, Adrian was one of the people that speak Spanish and the reality is that I struggled to even say ‘Hello’,” he added.

“I’ve met an amazing person and as we say, ‘Amigos del futbol’. “Thank God we came to a great football club because we’re surrounded by amazing people. They are making us feel at home and we hope that we remain here for a long time.”

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