West Ham's £12m man: I'm very thankful to play for such a big club

West Ham United striker Enner Valencia has enjoyed his time at the club so far since moving last summer.

Enner Valencia has thanked West Ham United for believing in his ability, stressing how happy he is in East London. 

The Hammers invested £12 million in the summer to bring Valencia to the Boleyn Ground and he has already begun to repay their faith. 

The Ecuadorian international has three goals to his name and he has impressed with his tireless performances. 

Valencia has settled into English football admirably and being at a club where he is enjoying his football so much is sure to have helped the transition. 

"I am very thankful that West Ham spotted me and that I am able to play for such a big club," he said to the Hammers' official site

"It's very special to play in the Premier League. I'd like to thank West Ham for giving me that opportunity. I am really enjoying my time here. I am working very hard in training so I can perform to my best ability."

Valencia's quality up front has helped West Ham climb into a European spot with half of the season played. 

Sam Allardyce's men have been one of the surprise packages in the division, occupying sixth place in the Premier League, and they still harbour ambitions of making it into the top four.

As it stands, the Hammers are two points behind the Champions League places and they will be determined to breach that gap is quickly as possible in 2015.

Valencia will have an important role to play in this chase. Although Allardyce's men already have Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll competing for a places in attack the 25-year-old's pace means he is a different sort of option and he could prove invaluable during the second part of the campaign. 

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