West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is set to unleash summer signing Enner Valencia when his side face Hull City on Monday night.
The Ecuador striker, who starred for them in this summers’ World Cup in Brazil for his national side, is yet to start a Premier League match, as he is among nine other new recruits at Upton Park.
When asked if Valencia was fit enough to start at the KC Stadium, Allardyce said: “Yes, I think so.”
“He’s ready to get the opportunity to go and play. He scored against Bolivia and hopefully he will start scoring for us very shortly.”
“It will be great once he gets out there and produces what he did at the World Cup. It’s the goal threat we really need more of this season.”
“He’s one of our major signings and we hope he is going to be very successful.”
Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho have also arrived at the London-based club to widen the range of their attacking options, as Andy Caroll is out injured and the only back-up is Carlton Cole, and Allardyce looks to lift the side that scored just 40 goals last term.
“Sakho, Valencia, Zarate and Carroll is a good variation for me to start selecting from,” the manager added.
“How do you keep the position? By doing what we expect and that’s contributing in the build-up as well as in the critical position of finishing the chances we create. We want to get to 50 goals this year.”
“We need these players that we bought to produce the goals at this level like they have produced elsewhere.”
Valencia has also insisted that he is ready for the call.
“We had two games in America over the week and they were both of high intensity,” he said.
“It was good to play again after some weeks of not playing full games. It’s good to get minutes to get fit, to get my match fitness back as soon as possible and then show that for West Ham.”
“It’s a very important game for the club. I’m ready to play if the manager wants me to. It will be a tough game but an important one for us to keep earning points and moving up the table.”
“All the teams are very strong in the Premier League this season, no matter who they are. They made some good signings over the summer, but the most important thing is that we focus on ourselves and try to take the three points back to London.”