Upon making the move from West Ham back to Liga MX, Enner Valencia had kind words for Mexican football. The Ecuadorian forward is excited to be back into the fold of Liga MX, where he flourished as a member of Pachuca, winning the Liga MX Golden Boot in the 2014 Clausura tournament.
As part of his move back, Valencia is looking to avenge his personal loss in the final of that tournament, while bringing a title home for the Auriazules. “It could be said that yes, with my previous club, we had a great tournament, I think we could have won the Final but we lost it. I hope that with Tigres, I can achieve that,” said the 27-year-old striker.
Valencia also went on to praise the style of the Mexican game after his stint in Europe. “Mexican football has nothing to do with European football. It’s a very dynamic football, very good, very colorful, and I’m here for all that,” said the newest member of Tigres.
Valencia struggled to find his place with West Ham in the Premier League after moving abroad in 2014. He couldn’t work his way up the depth chart, and found himself on loan to Everton last season. While there, he made 5 starts and scored just three goals in 30 appearances.
After evaluating his options, the young striker made a tough call to make his way back to Liga MX: “At the moment it’s a bit of a complicated decision, but then you start to analyze everything you can do coming to Tigres.’
The deal for Valencia is rumored to be in the region of £5-£7.5 million, and Tigres can only hope that Valencia returns to the player he was in Mexico in 2014 and can help them return to prominence, after falling just short in the final of the last Clausura.