Simone Zaza had a torrid time on loan at West Ham from Juventus in the opening months of the season, eventually joining Valencia on loan in January, and has commented on why the move to London did not pan out.
“Once I realised that I needed to leave Juve I decided to try an adventure abroad,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “West Ham was one of the teams that I wanted the most, but quickly I didn’t feel great in so many ways: environment, culture, training, nutrition.
“I was not good physically. I had been through pre-season with Juventus so I was ok. When I got there I found a different method of training: you exercise less, sometimes the sessions last 40 minutes and almost immediately I didn’t feel good.
“I need to train more… The problem is that on Sunday other people went to a thousand percent. Not me. I wanted to do things that come naturally when I’m playing well and I could not do them. And I became crazy.
“What went wrong? I’ve been wondering myself. Because my story says that I have always done everything to reverse difficult situations, like when I went down to C1 in Viareggio and the situation was cruelly clear: either go back or stay with them. I made it without thinking.”