Enner Valencia has told Everton’s official website that he wants to stay at Goodison Park beyond the end of his loan deal from West Ham United.
The Ecuadorian joined Everton on a season-long loan in August with the option of a permanent move.
So far in the campaign, though, the 27-year-old has started just three Premier League games, and coming on as a substitute in 11 others.
In those appearances, Valencia, who has been on West Ham’s books since his 2014 switch from Pachuca, has registered two goals.
Despite the lack of regular game time under manager Ronald Koeman, Valencia wants to join the Toffees permanently.
He told Everton’s website:
“It’s all about focusing on the present rather than the future. I’m focusing on getting the best performances in these 10 games and then that will be the time to look ahead in the future. But I can say from my point of view that I would love to stay. It’s a top, top club.”
It is unclear whether specific targets were inserted in the loan deal that can trigger a permanent switch, but Valencia has not shown enough to warrant a contract.
As mentioned, the attacker has started just three top-flight games, and in fairness to him, the challenge of getting into the team has been made harder due to Romelu Lukaku’s impressive form.
In 401 minutes of league action, Valencia has scored just twice and he has so far failed to get an assist on the board.
Having said that, if the player is happy to stay at Goodison then he is a positive option for the bench, but there are aspects of his game he needs to work on.
In terms of in front of goal, Valencia’s finishing is not the best, but he is good at tracking back and carrying out defensive duties.
It will all depend on how much West Ham will demand for him.