31 Oct 2016

Souness blasts: €25m flop 'runs around' without thinking and is 'no real threat'. Harsh?

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has slated One of the West Ham's underperforming summer signings.

After watching the Hammers lose 2-0 to Everton on Sunday, Souness offered the following withering assessment:

"West Ham are crying out for a striker. [Simone] Zaza runs around with no real thought to his game, and [is] no real threat at the moment."

Obviously, it's early days yet, but after nine games for West Ham, €25m-rated Zaza is still waiting for his first goal or assist, which - even allowing for settling-in time - is a poor record, and partially explains why West Ham's form this season is so patchy.

It seems like West Ham are suffering the same problems as Liverpool have in the past: an inability to get the best out of Italian players. Over the years, the likes of Fabio Borini, Andrea Dossena, Alberto Aquilani, and Mario Balotelli have all (for whatever reason) struggled at Anfield.

Plus, of course, Klopp struggled to get anything out of Italian striker Ciro Immobile at Borussia Dortmund, and during his seven years at the club, the German utilised only two Italian players in the first team (Immobile, and Giovanni Federico, who made only 3 appearances).

West Ham have a slightly better record, with players like Paolo Di Canio, Manuel Lanzini, and Angelo Ogbonna all performing well for the Hammers, so perhaps there's hope for Zaza yet...?


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