Emmanuel Emenike declares admiration for these four ex-Premier League strikers

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Emmanuel Emenike has admitted looking up to four ex-Premier League strikers.

West Ham United striker Emmanuel Emenike has told Nigerian newspaper The Nation that he admires the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Djibril Cisse, Samuel Eto'o and Didier Drogba.

With some injury problems up front, West Ham moved to land Emenike on loan until the end of the season, after the Fenerbahce striker cut his loan spell with Al Ain short.

The Nigerian international has so far been restricted to substitute appearances, but earned praise for his cameo in the 2-2 draw against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

Fans may not be too familiar with Emenike, who has played for the likes of Karabukspor and Spartak Moscow, but have already seen that he's a strong, powerful player with great pace too.

Those supporters may want to know a little bit more about Emenike though, and the striker has been speaking to Nigerian newspaper The Nation about his football heroes.

Emenike admitted that he grew up watching top players from Africa and Europe, and four strikers feature as players he looked up to.

The West Ham loanee claims that he was motivated by Samuel Eto'o, who turned out for Chelsea and Everton after becoming a star with Barcelona and Inter Milan, whilst he also looked up to another African striker - Didier Drogba.

The ex-Chelsea hitman was a Premier League hero during his time at Stamford Bridge, and many African players have admitted their admiration for both Eto'o and Drogba over the years.

Additionally, Manchester United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy and, more intriguingly, former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker Djibril Cisse is another player that Emenike considers an influence on his career.

"While I was a little boy playing in the street, and you watch some players in African and Europe, it will definitely define your mindset," said Emenike. "I was motivated by those great strikers; rugged strikers like Van Nistelrooy, Djibril Cissé, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and others. At every point in time, I know my name is very important, so I go out to play my game and ensure the name ‘Emenike’ is growing.

When it comes to goals, West Ham fans will certainly be hoping that Emenike resembles a Drogba or van Nistelrooy rather than Cisse or Eto'o, who didn't make as much of an impact in England.

Will Emenike do enough to win a permanent move to West Ham?

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