Calleri - The best is yet to come


Jonathan Calleri is still adapting to life in England following his season-long loan move to West Ham United and admits the 'best is yet to come'.

Calleri arrived with a big pedigree from Argentina having been the top goalscorer in the Copa Libertadores and netting 39 goals in 90 appearances over the last two season.

The 23-year-old has made four appearances as a substitute in the Premier League and started the EFL Cup game against Accrington Stanley, but is yet to get off the mark.

With Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho ruled out through injury, Calleri knows he has a great chance to impress Slaven Bilic and feels it will not be long before he starts getting among the goals on a regular basis.

Calleri said: “The fans have not seen the best of me just yet and I know I can give a lot more.

“The style of play here is very different and it can take a few months to settle in. I remember it took a while for Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to settle in and then they did really well. I am hoping that I can leave my mark at the Club.

“The move is going really well at the moment and I really love the city of London, especially walking around and taking in the sights.

“I am finding it a bit difficult in terms of the language and the style of play at the moment.

“But I know in a few months time, once I have fully settled in that I will be able to show everyone what I can do and make the West Ham fans happy.”


Calleri needs no reminding that the last Argentine forward to play for the Club was a certain Carlos Tevez who became a cult hero with the Hammers fans.

The young forward is well aware of the impact that Tevez had at the east London club and played a major role in helping the Club escape relegation back in 2007.

Calleri says he would love to follow in his footsteps and build a strong relationship with the West Ham fans this season.

Calleri added: “I would love to follow in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez. He is a unique player and in Argentina people still speak about what he achieved at West Ham and in England.

“We all remember how he saved the Club from relegation and I hope I can achieve just a quarter of what he achieved here.”

Calleri was forced to miss the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough through injury, but he is hoping to be back in contention for the next game against Crystal Palace and is confident the team can move away from the bottom three in the next few weeks.

“The draw with Middlesbrough will hopefully be the start of a good run for us. The international break comes at a good time as it means we can take stock and reflect as a team.”