When Jonathan Calleri arrived on loan from Deportivo Maldonado back in the summer, many were quick to source some clips of him on YouTube and they wouldn’t have been disappointed with what they saw.
Having netted 16 goals in 31 appearances for Sao Paulo in 2016, Calleri came with high acclaim but has failed to live up to his expectations, netting just one goal in 19 appearances for the club.
Despite Calleri admitting earlier in the season that he arrived at a club he didn’t intend to join, the 23-year-old striker has had a change of heart and would now like to stay at the club beyond this season.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil after the game against Liverpool, Calleri admitted that he’s finding life in east London easier now and he’d like to remain at the club:
Yeah, I’ve always said the places where I’ve been treated well, I want to go back. I’m happy to be here. I’ve adapted to what is the Premier League, to what is English football.
I’ve learned to speak English a bit, which is what I was lacking. And the truth is I’m very happy here. I want to stay at West Ham or to go to another European club, which is what I’ve always wanted.
Calleri has started five of the last six Premier League games, his only league starts of the season, and while he’s failed to find the net, many will agree with the statement that his general work rate and hold-up play has been sound to say the least.
Still young, it’s clear that the Argentine has quality, you only need to look back at his performances for Boca Juniors and Sao Paulo to back that up, so maybe he does have a future at the club if they persevere with him.