Cape Town - Simone Zaza has explained why he failed to make a success of his stint at Premier League side West Ham United.
The striker signed for the Hammers from Juventus at the start of the
season, but only made the starting lineup on five occasions before
moving on to Valencia in January.
Zaza revealed that he was hit with a culture shock at West Ham and
was simply unable to adjust to the change in environment and training
methods at the club.
"I knew I'd find some difficulties, but I did not think there could
be so many. I do not blame anyone, 99 percent of it's my fault because I was
not able to adapt," Zaza told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I was sure that I'd make it but it was probably because I'm set in
my ways. I'm attached to my habits, my things, my points of reference
otherwise I'm lost and I can't find myself.
"I was not good physically. I had been through pre-season with
Juventus so I was OK. When I got there I found a different method of
training: you exercise less, sometimes the sessions last 40 minutes and
almost immediately I didn't feel good.
to do things that come naturally when I'm playing well and I could not
do them, and I became crazy."