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Keen praises new signings

PUBLISHED: 14:11 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Kevin Keen has backed new signings Herita Ilunga and David Di Michele to make a big impact after the duo made their debuts for West Ham last weekend.

Kevin Keen has backed new signings Herita Ilunga and David Di Michele to make a big impact after the duo made their debuts for West Ham last weekend.

Defender Ilunga made his first start for the Hammers in the 3-2 defeat by West Bromwich while Di Michele replaced Dean Ashton inside the opening 20 minutes at the Hawthorns.

Italy striker Di Michele made an instant impression, setting up Mark Noble's equaliser and almost getting his own name on the scoresheet when his low shot was pushed behind by Scott Carson.

Making his first appearance of the season, Di Michele faded in the second half but Keen believes that the forward will become an influential figure as his fitness improves.

"That was his first game of the season and to be thrown in like that, especially in the first half, I thought he did really well," Keen said.

"He got into a few pockets and made things happen and hopefully as he gets a little bit fitter and gets a bit more used to the Premier League, I think he can go on and be very creative for us."

Ilunga, the Congo international, played the full 90 minutes and proved a steady presence at left-back. Keen is confident that the muscular defender will prove a big hit at Upton Park.

He said: "I thought Herita Ilunga was super. I think he'll be great for us and I think the supporters will like him.

"He's got an aggressive side to him but at the same time he can get forward and make things happen.

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