West Ham and Swansea striker flops fire up Alaves Champions League chase

Jonathan Calleri of West Ham United is challenged by Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London...

Former West Ham and Swansea forwards are starring for Villarreal.

Jonathan Calleri of Deportivo Alaves, Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid at the Estadio de Mendizorroza on October 6,...

Jonathan Calleri and Borja Baston are restoring their reputations in La Liga after miserable Premier League spells.

Calleri had a poor season at West Ham on loan from Boca Juniors in 2016/17 where he scored only one goal in 18 games.

Borja Baston had a nearly identically woeful record the same season, scoring one time for Swansea City in 20 games. The difference was the Swans paid £15.5m for his services.

 

Both players are now proving unlikely heroes for Spanish side Alaves.

The unfancied side sit in second place in the La Liga, table.

They are just one point behind Barcelona and are six points ahead of ninth placed Real Madrid.

Borja Gonzalez of Deportivo Alaves celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Villarreal CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on October...

10 games in the season a Champions League place chase is a remarkable possibility.

Yesterday Calleri and Baston both scored as Alaves came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1.

Calleri now has three goals for the season with Baston now netting twice.

Last season Alaves finished in 14th place. This season they are enjoying a remarkable turnaround and the two men scoring the goals are just as surprising.

Jonathan Calleri, forward of Deportivo Alaves reacts during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Ciutat de Valencia on September 30, 2018, in Valencia,...

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