Slaven Bilic highlights Emmanuel Emenike’s importance for West Ham

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Emmanuel Emenike excelled on his full debut for West Ham.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Slaven Bilic highlighted the important role Emmanuel Emenike played for the Hammers in their FA Cup win over Blackburn.

Bilic said: “Emenike is that kind of a player. Me and my staff know him well from Russia and he is strong and pacey and loves to go in behind, which is very important for us. He is one of the reasons that we created such a big gap between their midfield and back four. They were afraid to push forward because of him and that’s why we had that gap.”

Emenike started his first game for the Hammers on Sunday, building on the back of two substitute Premier League appearances for Bilic’s team.

The Nigerian international striker is currently on loan at the Boleyn Ground from Fenerbahce, and he proved his worth in the tie against Blackburn.

He netted two goals, both of a high quality, and really should have had a hat-trick in the 5-1 win against the Championship team.

Emenike, 28, proved his worth to the side with his 90 minute performance, and Bilic should have no qualms naming him as a starter in the Premier League with the club in the midst of an upfront injury crisis.

He has built a reputation as a proven goalscorer amongst a selection of Europe’s secondary leagues, and this spell with West Ham is the first time Emenike will be allowed to show himself off in a top class division.

If he does impress in these last few months of the season, it would not be a surprise to see Emenike signed permanently by the Hammers this coming summer.

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