West Ham striker out to break duck against Sunderland

Simone Zaza will have to beat Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford if he is to get his first West Ham goal this weekend

Simone Zaza will have to beat Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford if he is to get his first West Ham goal this weekend

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Italy striker Simone Zaza hopes to finally get off the mark for West Ham in tomorrow’s crunch showdown with Sunderland.

Zaza, signed on loan from Juventus with a view to a permanent move, has not notched a goal in his first six appearances for the Hammers.

But the 25-year-old feels good after helping West Ham record a much-needed 1-0 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace last week. “Of course I want my first goal to come and Saturday would be a great time for that to happen, particularly as we’re playing at home,” Zaza told whufc.com.

“While I want to score, of course, the most important thing is for the team to win and if we do that it will be a big step forward in terms of improving our league position.

“If we win against Sunderland, I think we can say that our league season has begun.”

Zaza may not have scored so far, but his effort and determination played its part in defeating Palace, and the ex-Sassuolo frontman said: “We had a good feeling after the win, of course.

“I feel like I’m performing well now I’m physically fit. I am happy for myself and also for the team because we really needed the win. I feel like we’re turning things around.

“The manager told me after that he had seen the ‘Real Zaza’ and yes, yes, I agree. I’m gradually getting used to it, feeling more confident and I’m very positive at the moment.”

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