Nene comments on what he will bring to West Ham, weakness he will solve

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New West Ham signing Nene says set pieces are one of his strengths.

New West Ham signing Nene has spoken out about his joy at clinching a move to the club.

The Brazilian forward signed as a free agent after his contract with Qatari side Al Ghafara expired, and could turn out to be an inspired signing.

Nene is a former PSG and Ligue 1 top scorer, netting 21 goals and providing 11 assists in the 2011/12 season.

The 33-year-old is keen to get going, and says he can make a real impact from set pieces. He told West Ham's official website:  

"I like taking free-kicks, so practice to be good at that. I like making assists - that is my real work, to make the final pass to put the striker in a good position to score the goals."

  Direct free-kick goalsGoals assisted from free-kicks
Liverpool 10 19
West Ham 3 10

Measured across the last three seasons, from when West Ham regained promotion to the Premier League, the Hammers have netted only three goals direct from set pieces.

Liverpool have the most in this time with 10, and of the teams who have remained in the division since 2012/13, only Stoke (2) and West Brom (0) have fewer than West Ham.

Baggies players have assisted 12 goals from set pieces in this time, and both are areas where West Ham could clearly use a specialist like Nene claims to be.

Given his recent lack of football there will be questions over his match fitness at first at least, but if he is on the bench and the Hammers get chances from set pieces late in the game, even below par, he could be a useful late substitute.

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