After a traumatising end to his Euro 2016, and difficult stay in London at West Ham, Simone Zaza has found arguably the best form of his career in Spain with Valencia this season.
The 26-year old has been on a scintillating run for La Liga’s current second place holders, having scored 8 goals in his last seven league matches. Zaza’s 9 goals on the 2017-18 season sees him second in the league’s scoring chart, trailing only Lionel Messi who has 12. Under Marcelino’s 4-4-2 this term, Zaza has been stellar, showing a clinical scoring touch in the final third, but also demonstrating an unrelenting work rate and tenacity to create space for himself.
As we saw Friday, the two up front were basically relying on the midfield and two wing-backs for service – of which arrived in little quantity. Provided Zaza’s healthy and ready to go, Ventura should consider the former Sassuolo star – whether it be from the start or bench, ride his club form, and use his comfort in a two-striker setup to make an impact.