Franco form pleases Zola

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola is delighted with the way that Mexico striker Guillermo Franco has fitted in since his arrival at Upton Park.

The 33-year-old has scored twice in six appearances for the Hammers, having been allowed to leave Spanish club Villarreal at the end of last season.

Zola told the Newham Recorder:"Franco has been very good for me. I was certainly surprised that Villarreal didn't give him a contract, but maybe there was something else there.

"He's proving to be a very good player for us.

"He is an excellent guy, he works very hard and, above all, he's a very intelligent player – he does the right things for the team and I'm really impressed with him."

Franco's first Irons goal came in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the end of October, while he also found the net in the 3-3 draw at Hull City last weekend.

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