On the 18th February 2015, West Ham announced the signing of Nene on a free transfer.
The former PSG striker was a surprise signing for the Hammers, who had recently lost Andy Carroll to a season-ending knee injury and were in desperate need of reinforcements in attack.
Nene came to east London with a good reputation for his time with other teams across the continent. The Brazilian attacker was the 2010/11 Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner and the experienced striker had respectable spells with La Liga sides Alaves and Celta Vigo.
Here’s what West Ham fans had to say following the surprise signing…
— Patt Summers (@lifeofsummers) 18 February 2015
@davidgold a good acquisition and statement of intent that we are wanting to push for a European spot! Well done DG 🙂
— Martin Cee (@RealMartinCee) 18 February 2015
@davidgold excellent! A top player and will make a big impact mark my word if used right!! Well done DG
— John Mustafa (@Jmustafa11) 19 February 2015
@davidgold good news David. Hope you can impact soon as possible
— Mark (@RampantPedro) 18 February 2015
@davidgold Nice work getting that done Mr. G. Some goals left in that man for sure!
— Tom Wright (@tomasamericano) 18 February 2015
— Leandro Scoralick (@LeScoralick) 18 February 2015
@davidgold hope he scores goals
— Stephen (@Stephen82566392) 19 February 2015
Despite the excitement amongst West Ham fans, Nene ended up being a total flop for the east London club.
The Brazilian only featured eight times for the Hammers, playing just 127 minutes for Sam Allardyce’s side and leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of the season for Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
Nene is often forgotten about when talking about players who played in the famous Claret and Blue, and it’s easy to see why. Lack of first-team minutes aside, the Brazilian joined the club at an awkward stage in their history.
The club had lost their top-four spot that they held on Christmas day after a miserable run of results, and although Nene tried his best with what he was given to liven up a deflated West Ham side and fan base, his efforts proved worthless.
The dismissal of Big Sam and subsequent appointment of Slaven Bilic spelt the end for Nene’s time at the club, as the Croatian manager saw the striker surplus to requirements upon his arrival and moved the veteran attacker on for room for summer signings.
At 37-years-old, Nene is still playing regular first-team football, playing week-in-week-out for Brazilian side Sao Paulo. The Brazilian could have been a star in east London had he moved to the club earlier in his career and was given the minutes he deserved.
Now Nene is only remembered as a talented player who yet again failed to make the grade at Upton Park, and someone who enjoyed success away from east London.
West Ham fans, is Nene one of the most pointless signings in the club’s history? Let us know!
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