Simone Zaza failed at West Ham partly because of his penalty miss for Italy at Euro 2016 the previous summer, according to his agent.
Zaza joined West Ham in a season-long loan from Juventus last summer.
The deal would have made Zaza the Hammers’ most expensive player ever had it become permanent, but he flopped in the Premier League.
The striker failed to score or assist a single goal in eight games, and his deal was cut short by January.
He joined Valencia immediately thereafter and fared slightly better, scoring six goals in 20 La Liga appearances.
But his West Ham spell remains a blotch on his record, and part of that is down to his embarrassing penalty miss in a quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Germany at Euro 2016.
On this day a year ago, Simone Zaza took THAT penalty. 😂 pic.twitter.com/LlPNnf877u
— Football.London (@Football_LDN) July 2, 2017
“It was a huge mistake,” his father and agent Antonio told Calciomercato.
“Simone was still concerned by the penalty he missed with Italy at the time and he failed to settle in well in London.
“He was not happy with the weather and with the formation of his ex-boss. Moving to Spain was the best ever decision for him.”