Allardyce praises West Ham's 'game-changer' at press conference

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has backed his new signing Nene to be a success.

Sam Allardyce has told West Ham United's official site that new signing Nene has the ability to be the side's match-winner. 

Nene was brought in on a free transfer last month, as the Hammers look to increase their attacking threat, and Allardyce has clearly been impressed by what he has seen so far.

The West Ham boss handed the 33-year-old his debut against Crystal Palace, where he was lively, and there was one particular incident which stood out.

Nene went close in the second half, with a curling effort from the edge of the box, and Allardyce feels that it was a showing of the ability that he has. 

"He has the ability to change a game," Allardyce said during his press conference today. "It was just a shame that his shot [against Palace] didn’t go in. That was a key moment in the game and might’ve changed the result."

West Ham went on to lose their match against Palace 3-1, meaning that Nene's debut was made in far from ideal circumstances. 

The Brazilian will be hoping that happier times are to come, though, and if Allardyce's praise is anything to go by it seems that he will at least get plenty of time to impress. 

Nene offers a different option to West Ham's current strikers, with his more creative style contrasting with the powerful nature of the likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Carlton Cole. 

His artistry could be key as the Hammers look to rekindle their attacking threat, and Allardyce will be hoping that the new addition turns out to be an inspired piece of business. 

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