The West Ham United forward has been praised by the son of co-chairman David Sullivan.
Reflecting on West Ham’s Europa League qualifying match against Lusitanos last week, Jack Sullivan picked out Argentine striker Mauro Zarate for special praise, saying that he hopes the 28-year-old can maintain his good form and give new manager Slavan Bilic something to think about in terms of team selection.
Zarate played 74 minutes of last week’s match, setting up one of the goals in a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Last season he scored two goals in eight matches for the Hammers after arriving at Upton Park from Velez Sarsfield, but he then fell out of favour and was sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers.
That move did not go well, with Zarate playing just four times for the club on their way to relegation, failing to score or assist in that time.
Now back at West Ham, Zarate will be hoping to replicate the form he showed at Sarsfield, where he scored 37 goals and earned his move to Upton Park.
Sullivan for one thinks the player has what it takes to force his way back into West Ham’s first-team plans, writing on whufc.com, “I thought Mauro Zarate played really well and it will be great if he can keep up this form and show Slaven Bilic that he is ready to fight for a place in the starting line-up.”
If he does that, West Ham could have another effective attacking option to benefit from the creative ability of new signing Dimitri Payet.