Lucas Perez scored his first Premier League goals in almost two years after emerging from the bench to propel West Ham to a 3-1 victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
Exactly 700 days since notching in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on 3rd January, 2017, Perez replaced the injured Marko Arnautovic five minutes before half-time and subsequently scored twice within 10 minutes of the restart.
This all coming after the Bluebirds had earlier fluffed a penalty with the game goalless.
Perez had only played 107 cumulative minutes of league football under Manuel Pellegrini since making his £4million move to the London Stadium in the summer, over the course of just five substitute cameos.
With Arnautovic potentially out of the frame for a little while, the Spanish striker will no doubt be hoping to jam his foot in the door.
Anyway, Michail Antonio went on to add a third for the Hammers (61′) before Josh Murphy popped up to score a late, largely meaningless consolation for Cardiff (95′) with one of the final touches of the match.
The result moves West Ham up into 12th place (only five points off sixth!) while Cardiff remain in 16th, just two points above the relegation zone.