New West Ham signing Nene may be forced into early debut, admits Allardyce

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West Ham may be forced into handing a debut to new signing Nene, even though the Brazilian wasn't fit enough to face Tottenham on Sunday.

Sunday proved to be a tough afternoon for West Ham and their manager Sam Allardyce, in a heartbreaking 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

The Hammers had one just won in their last eight Premier League games, but looked set to snap that run after goals from Senegalese duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

At 2-0 up, West Ham were on the verge of beating their London rivals in their own back yard - but suffered a late collapse to only take a point.

A fluke goal from Danny Rose was followed up by a Harry Kane goal, with the Spurs striker reacting quickest after seeing his last gasp penalty saved by Adrian.

It was a blow to throw the game away, and the hits just keep on coming for Allardyce, who is already short on strikers after the recent injury to Andy Carroll.

Substitute striker Carlton Cole then suffered another injury, leaving Allardyce with just Enner Valencia, Sakho and new signing Nene to pick from.

Nene, 33, arrived on a free transfer last week, joining after leaving Qatari side Al-Gharafa. However, he wasn't deemed fit enough to play against Tottenham.

Yet with the growing injury crisis in attack, Allardyce has confirmed to the Daily Mail that the Brazilian may be forced to play against Crystal Palace next weekend.

"Nene would have probably featured anyway but he will definitely be involved now because we're down to the two strikers with Andy Carroll's injury and Carlton Cole's new hamstring problem," said Allardyce.

"(Strikers) Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho did a fantastic job - like the whole team - against Tottenham. It was just a shame we were not all going out celebrating another victory against Tottenham," he added.

Nene is primarily a playmaker rather than a classic centre forward, but would add some semblance of quality to the final third for Allardyce's men.

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