West Ham’s Super Eagle has landed
PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 February 2016
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Hammers striker Emmanuel Emenike was delighted to hit the net at Blackburn
There were many who doubted the wisdom of Slaven Bilic when he brought Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike to West Ham on loan.
In two substitute appearances he got into excellent positions, but failed to convert his chances and so when he was the last striker standing for the trip to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday, some were full of doubt about his ability.
Perhaps we shouldn’t have doubted the talent spotting of the Hammers boss. It was he who picked the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, so why would he have got it wrong with Emenike?
In the end, the Nigeria ‘Super Eagles’ international had notched two goals and could have had a couple more as West Ham brushed aside Championship side Blackburn and there was little wonder that the striker met the press with a big grin.
“I enjoyed it very much because we won the game and that is what we wanted,” said the 28-year-old after the 5-1 win.
So what about those two goals? There was a tap-in from Cheikhou Kouyate’s unselfish pass and then he was released by Payet, before rounding the keeper and slotting home.
“It was a special day. The support was great,” he said.
“I don’t know what to say about my goals, but I do want to say a big thank you to the fans for their support and everything and to the players for helping me.”
Thanks are certainly in order for the great service he received in this game, but he had to put the ball away and it was a far cry from the match against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
“Last week was a tough game for me at Norwich,” he said. “I missed a big chance and it was one that could have given us three points, so it was not an easy week for me.
“But against Blackburn I think I made it up to the fans by scoring.”
He certainly did and he had some special words for that man Payet, who supplied a superb pass for his second goal.
“He is a great player,” said Emenike. “Playing with him on the pitch is very good. He tells me where to run and I make those runs and get there for him.”
He certainly does and he showed he is the marksman Bilic was expecting to see in claret and blue. He also hit the post and had another chance to complete a hat-trick, but the Nigerian was not too bothered.
“I could have had more, but I think I am happy with two goals,” he laughed. Most fans would agree.