Five things West Ham fans need to know about Emmanuel Emenike

Slaven Bilic finally got his man as the window came to a close, but it wasn’t without a big battle to bring Emenike to London.

The striker has been brought in on a loan deal until the end of the season as the Hammers look to offer goal scoring reinforcement to their forward line with Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll struggling with form or injuries almost all the time.

Payet’s midfield brilliance, even from the wide areas, needs a quality striker to benefit from and Emenike could be that man in the second half of this season.

The arrival of Emenike is likely to mean the end of Nikica Jelavic’s regular starting opportunities and could see the Hammers change their style somewhat.

If European football is still considered a realistic goal for the Hammers, they will need Emenike to fire from the start.

Here are FIVE things you will need to know about the big striker…

International exile…

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Emenike, despite his age, retired from international football in 2015 of last year.

The Nigerian has won the African Cup of Nations and featured in the 2014 World Cup, maybe he thought he had done it all…?

Questionable touch..

Many pundits have commented on Emenike’s first touch and, a bit like Andy Carroll, he isn’t going to be providing us with many Bergkamp-esque finishes.


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Once he has proved himself in Africa, Emenike was quick to move into Europe to further his career but he has, since then, travelled a fair bit.

He will have now played in South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Turkey and Russia.

Regular strike

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During his time in both Turkey – for his first stint particularly – and Russia, the Nigerian has been a reliable goal scorer.

Whilst in Russia he was averaging a goal every other game.

Switching allegiances..

Slaven Bilic

Emenike and Bilic have been rivals in both Russia and Turkey, but the striker and manager will now be fighting for the same cause.