I’ll prove Sam got it wrong about me, vows Zarate
TALKS: Ched Evans MAURO ZARATE has pledged to “show what I can do” to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce after completing his loan move to QPR.
The 27-year-old forward has signed for Rangers until the end of the season and goes straight into contention for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Burnley.
Zarate had fallen down the Hammers’ pecking order behind Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll, despite a bright start after joining from Velez Sarsfield last summer.
Allardyce defended his decision to allow Zarate to leave on loan, saying the striker “wasn’t good enough”.
But the former Lazio man hit back on completing terms to play for Harry Redknapp’s side.
“I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do,” said Zarate.
“The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment.
“Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!
“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio.
“But now I am here and will play for him.
“I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players.
“I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”
Redknapp believes Zarate can boost QPR’s goal threat alongside prolific striker Charlie Austin as they fight for Premier League survival.
“We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10,” said Redknapp.
“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back.
“He’s a more than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us.”