He’s been a regular goalscorer for his previous clubs, although according to whufc.com the man sees his real strength lying in his ability to provide assists. It’s great news for the club that we have another option available up front should current forwards Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho need a substitution at any point in the next few weeks (which is extremely possible.)
However, as we are West Ham United, the signing was reportedly not without issue. Rumour has it that the transfer nearly didn’t go through owing to an argument between David Sullivan and Sam Allardyce.
Sullivan and Allardyce’s relationship is rumoured to be rapidly deteriorating, and while we certainly needed another striker on our books I do wonder – is the signing of Nene nothing more than a pawn in the power struggle between David Sullivan and Sam Allardyce?
Reportedly, Sullivan was insistent on signing Nene with Allardyce less than convinced—and so Sullivan made the deal without Allardyce’s blessing or even cooperation. During the negotiations, rapid rumours spread online that Allardyce had actually left the club – rumours that were rubbished equally quickly.
No matter what club you are, it’s difficult when the manager does not see eye-to-eye with he who holds the purse strings – and this isn’t the first time word has gone around that Sullivan has signed players that Allardyce did not want at the club. Both Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho were ‘Sullivan signings’ – and the former claimed that the reason he was not given any playing time at the club was owing to “personal reasons” as Allardyce had not wanted him there.
However, Zarate’s remarks should be taken with a grain of salt. When it comes to Sam refusing to play “Sullivan signings,” there are two sides to the coin. Yes, Allardyce was not keen to play Mauro Zarate (and may have had a point given that he is not even match fit enough to play regular football for 17th placed Queens Park Rangers) but goal scoring hero Diafra Sakho is also a Sullivan signing, and there is no argument for him not to be played – and so he gets regular football.
The question is whether or not Sam Allardyce will be keen to play our latest ‘Sullivan’ signing, Nene. Fortunately for us all, circumstances dictate that the new signing will get a chance to let his skills do the deciding for him. After all, with our striker “crisis” looming – although please don’t worry, Valencia and Sakho are fine – Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Nene is likely to feature at Crystal Palace on Saturday. He has also stated Nene would most likely have been involved even without the latest injury to Carlton Cole, which is a good statement of intent.
Hopefully he will prove to be a smart signing—and if so, Allardyce will not let pride take place over letting talent shine on the pitch. After all, Nene was signed to end a specific crisis – not acerbate another ‘crisis’ taking place off the pitch in the boardroom. Welcome to West Ham, Nene.