Although Valencia could be injured for a while, let’s hope it isn’t too long as he now adds to the many attacking options we have in the squad. Valencia will hope to be playing in the first team before too long but what does he need to do to ensure he gets the nod ahead of Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Nikica Jelavic in his favoured position?
First of all, Valencia needs to be more of a physical presence when he plays. He was pushed off of the ball far too many times last year and if he wants to be successful in the English League then he is going to need to be able to put himself about a bit more.
Our three other strikers are all very physical so Valencia should be looking to do extra work in the gym if he wants to be competitive.
Another issue I have with Enner Valencia was his lack of consistency. On his day it was evident that Enner has all the traits to be a top striker, his first touch, dribbling, pace, heading ability and his finishing were all demonstrated at parts of last season and we need to see that on a more consistent basis.
His goalscoring record needs to improve if he is going to make the starting XI.
If I was Slaven Bilic I would be giving Valencia plenty of time to prove himself because as i said he has shown that he is capable of leading the line and with our attacking players in behind him, he won’t be short of chances.
Valencia offers lightning pace that our other strikers simply don’t have and perhaps Bilic will use him in certain games and not in other depending on the opposition.
Regardless of who Slaven does choose in the line-up, he will have his reasons and the squad is strong enough to beat anyone at the moment, despite the news on Payet’s injury.