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West Ham in the EFL: Remember Ricardo Vaz Te? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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A play-off final hero for West Ham United who has divided opinion for much of his career, Ricardo Vaz Te is certainly a name who is written into the history of the East London club. 

The Portuguese forward played an important role in helping the Hammers to regain their place in the Premier League during the 2011/12 campaign as he arrived in a mid-season deal from league rivals Barnsley after notching up 10 goals in his opening 22 league games that season for the Tykes.

He would go on to have the desired impact for West Ham in their promotion bid after being reunited with his former Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce, as he notched up 12 goals in just 18 games to help the club to achieve their goal, with his most memorable strike coming under the famous arch at Wembley Stadium against Blackpool.

Fast forward a few seasons and Vaz Te slowly fell out of favour under Allardyce in the Premier League, with his lack of clinical finishing and arguably poor attitude largely costing him the chance to really impress at the top level.

In the end his stint with the Hammers came to an abrupt end in January 2015 as he was released from his contract, some two years after originally submitting a transfer request to leave the club.

Vaz Te would then go on to take in two spells with Turkish side Akhisarspor, which too his credit, went really well as he notched up 31 goals in 70 games, a less than fruitful short stint with Charlton Athletic and a punt in the China with Henan Songshan Longmen and Qingdao FC respectively.

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Then came a return to his native Portugal with Portimonense Futebol SAD, in which he scored just twice for the club in 22 games before being released once again in July 2021.

Now a free agent at the age of 35, Vaz Te can look back on what has been an eventful career that has spanned 11 clubs, with his most memorable kick and arguable career highlight coming on that joyous day for the West Ham faithful at Wembley back in 2012.


Writer and Journalist for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: West Ham in the EFL: Remember Ricardo Vaz Te? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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