Enner Valencia: Why the Ecuadorian could be a vital signing for Everton

West Ham United forward Enner Valencia has joined Everton on a season- long loan, despite holding talks with Swansea City prior to the close of the summer transfer window.

The Ecuador international has signed for an undisclosed fee, with the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season for £14.5 million.

The 26-year old becomes the fourth signing from a Premier League side to arrive at Goodison Park following initial acquisition of: Yannick Bolasie [Crystal Palace], Ashley Williams [Swansea City], and Brendan Galloway [West Brom].


Early life

Born Enner Remberto Valencia on 4 November 1989, in San Lorenzo Ecuador, he spent his entire youth career with local side Caribe Junior before signing for Emelec in the Ecuadorian Serie A, in 2010.

He transferred to the Mexican top flight three years later, but it wasn’t until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that Valencia began to draw interest from European clubs.

Despite bowing out of the tournament in the group stage, Valencia scored three goals for Ecuador, compelling West Ham to sign him from Pachuca for a reported £12 million.


Can he charge the Toffees?

Having already made six appearances for the Hammers this season, the forward was driven to push for a loan move following the arrival of Simone Zaza at the London Stadium.

Everton may have registered an impressive start to their Premier League campaign- with seven points after three games, leaving them forth on the standings- but Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a late setback when Moussa Sissoko duped the Merseyside outfit for Tottenham.

Be that as it may, Enner Valencia could prove vital in their campaign for a European qualification, more so with Romelu Lukaku’s inconsistency.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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