Valencia in 2015
|Full name||Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra|
|Date of birth||4 November 1989|
|Place of birth||San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Ecuador|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
(on loan from West Ham United)
|2014–||West Ham United||54||(8)|
|2016–||→ Everton (loan)||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:27, 27 November 2016 (UTC).
Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra (born 4 November 1989) is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Everton, on loan from fellow Premier League club West Ham United, and the Ecuador national team. He is nicknamed "Superman".
He has previously played for Emelec in Ecuador, where he won Serie A and was awarded the Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot in 2013. He also played for Pachuca in Mexico, being awarded the Liga MX Golden Boot in the 2014 Clausura tournament. He joined West Ham for an estimated £12 million in July 2014.
At international level, Valencia has over 30 caps for Ecuador since his debut in 2012. He represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa América, and is their top joint scorer with Agustin Delgado in World Cup tournaments with 3 goals. Valencia is one of Ecuador's top ten goalscorers of all time with 19 goals.
Valencia came to Guayaquil to trial for Emelec in 2008 from Caribe Junior's youth system, the same team where Ecuador star Antonio Valencia played in his early years. In 2008, he was transferred to Emelec. From 2008 to early 2010 he received no opportunities in the first team, but with the arrival of the Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli, Valencia started to receive playtime opportunities. Valencia's first professional career goal was on March 10, scoring the only goal to gain an important away win against Ecuadorian giants LDU Quito. Emelec were runners-up to champions LDU Quito, losing 2–1 on aggregate score.
Valencia scored nine league goals in 30 league matches in 2011. In November 2012, he scored five goals in five separate matches against El Nacional, LDU Loja, Técnico Universitario, and twice against Manta in both home and away matches, winning four of the five matches, only drawing against LDU Loja. This brought his goal tally to 13 goals scored in 40 league matches played, his best season yet, but for a third season in a row, the team was runner-up to league champions and club rivals Barcelona SC.
On 7 August 2013, Valencia scored his first career hat-trick against Peruvian side Sport Huancayo, in a 4–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana First Round match. He finished the season as league champions with Emelec, the club's first since 2002.
On 18 January 2014, Valencia scored his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Tijuana. The following week he scored two goals to in Pachuca's first away win league match against league champions Club León. He finished the regular season as the top goal-scorer with 12 goals, scoring various braces for Pachuca. Valencia scored his first hatrick against UNAM in a 2–4 away win to advance in the Liga MX Apertura 2014 Playoffs.
West Ham United
On 29 July 2014, Premier League club West Ham United completed the transfer of Valencia, on a five-year contract for a fee estimated at £12 million. He later confirmed that he knew little about West Ham before signing and that he mainly knew of them having watched hooligan films such as the 2005 release of Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Valencia made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Carlton Cole. On 27 August, he had his penalty saved by Mark Howard as West Ham were knocked out at home in the second round of the Football League Cup by Sheffield United. Valencia's first goal for West Ham came in his full league debut, against Hull City on 15 September 2014, in a 2–2 draw. The 25 yards (23 m) strike, timed at 61 miles per hour (98 km/h), was described by journalist Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph as an "exceptional goal". Valencia went on to score two more goals for West Ham in the following weeks, including a header in a 3–1 away win at Burnley, and a goal in a 2–2 draw with Stoke City.
His first match of his second season was on 30 July 2015 in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg at home against Astra Giurgiu; he headed West Ham into the lead but was one of two players substituted through injury in the first half as the team eventually drew 2–2. It was confirmed that he had suffered "significant" injuries to his right knee and ankle, and was ruled out for twelve weeks. Valencia scored his first league goals of the 2015–16 season with two in a 3–1 comeback win against Bournemouth on 12 January 2016, including a powerfully hit free-kick.
After playing for the nation's under-22 team at the 2011 Pan American Games, Valencia made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on 12 February 2012 in a friendly match against Honduras.
Valencia initially began his career as a winger, but was converted to play as a striker by Emelec coach Gustavo Quinteros. Reinaldo Rueda started experimenting with Valencia as a striker after the untimely death of Christian Benítez. After making three appearances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, he scored his first international goal in a 2–2 draw against Honduras on 19 November 2013. He continued his good form in 2014, scoring in three of Ecuador's four pre-tournament friendlies. On 5 March, he scored, assisted a goal and won a penalty kick as La Tri came from 3–0 down to defeat Australia 4–3. He then scored the team's only goal in a 3–1 loss against Mexico, and gave them an early lead in a 2–2 draw with England in Miami.
In June 2014, Valencia was named in Ecuador's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 15 June, he made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's opening match against Switzerland at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília, opening the scoring with a header in a 2–1 defeat. In Ecuador's second match, Valencia scored both goals to defeat Honduras 2–1 in Curitiba. He continued his good form after the FIFA World Cup, scoring the third goal of a 4–0 victory against Bolivia. On 10 October Valencia again scored for Ecuador, in the 88th minute against United States, in a 1–1 draw . His swerving, right footed shot took a right turn on its way towards the goal making it impossible for goalkeeper Brad Guzan to stop.
In Ecuador's second group match at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, Valencia successfully converted a penalty against Bolivia, but the kick had to be taken again due to an opponent's infringement; the re-take was saved by Romel Quiñónez. He later scored from close range, but Ecuador lost 2–3 nonetheless. Four days later in Rancagua, Valencia set up Miller Bolaños' opener and scored Ecuador's second goal as they won 2–1 against Mexico, eliminating the opponents.
Scores and results list Ecuador's goal tally first
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Emelec||2010||Ecuadorian Serie A||25||1||—||—||11||1||36||2|
|2011||Ecuadorian Serie A||30||9||—||—||5||0||35||9|
|2012||Ecuadorian Serie A||40||13||—||—||14||0||54||13|
|2013||Ecuadorian Serie A||35||4||—||—||11||5||46||9|
|West Ham United||2014–15||Premier League||32||4||4||1||1||0||—||37||5|
|Everton (loan)||2016–17||Premier League||5||0||0||0||1||0||—||6||0|
|Ecuador national team|
- CS Emelec
Valencia hails from Esmeraldas Province and is of Afro-Ecuadorian descent. He came from a poor family and when he arrived at Emelec he had to sleep in rudimentary lodgings in the club's Estadio George Capwell as he had no money to stay anywhere else and, at times, struggled to buy enough to eat. In October 2016 a warrant was issued for his arrest in Ecuador for unpaid child support.
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