​It's been a strange two seasons for Enner Valencia at West Ham; he was fantastic when he first joined, linking up well with Diafra Sakho - and scoring goals - but following a fruitful few months at the club, he has since struggled to nail down a place in the starting line-up.

Valencia, or 'Superman' as he is known in his native Ecuador, is prolific for his country, scoring 14 goals in 24 games. At Mexican side Pachuca, his club before West Ham, he was equally impressive, netting 18 times in 25 games.

But since moving to East London the forward has only scored 10 in 56, and has struggled to adapt entirely to the physicality of the Premier League. When linking up with Sakho and exchanging quick passes, he rarely had to worry about being muscled off the ball because neither he nor his striker partner were on it for more than a few seconds.

But when Valencia has been asked to lead the line or play out-wide, even so much as a strong gust of wind has knocked him to the ground, and this area of his game has still not been addressed.


Valencia has also struggled with injury during his time in claret and blue, so he has to be cut some slack, but since Michail Antonio has come in, he has proven to be a more effective wide-man than the Ecuadorian.

Sam Allardyce's Hammers spent £12m on the number 11 and it is unlikely that they will recoup that amount of money from an English side, but perhaps he would prosper in some place like Spain where you are granted more time and space on the ball.

Enner Valencia is clearly not a bad player, every time there is an international break he seems to end up scoring, and his world-class effort that reached 61mph against Hull City last season won't be forgotten any time soon.

But as Slaven Bilic looks set to take West Ham to the next level - that is to say European football - Valencia will struggle to compete with the inform Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho or any of the other high-profile forwards that the chairmen are targeting this summer.

There is still time to impress before the season ends and the transfer window opens, and many Hammers fans are desperate for Valencia to find the form he showed in his first few months at the club. 

But sadly for Superman, he may need to look elsewhere to become a star, and his sale may be necessary to bring in a forward who can help West Ham compete among Europe's elite.