From McCarthy To Zaza: The Plight Of Gold And Sullivan’s Striker Signings: Part Five

West Ham Opinion

Last week we touched on the unflattering attacking duo of Enner Valencia and Nene, but who will be the latest additions to our infamous list of the worst David Gold and David Sullivan attacking signings in their time in East-London.

Nikica Jelavic

Former Everton forward Nikica Jelavic was one of four signings made by new manager Slaven Bilic on deadline day of the summer 2015 transfer window. Jelavic was signed as a free-agent for a free-transfer, with many Hammers fans being left relieved that we didn’t pay anything for him.

The Croat is believed to be personal friends with Bilic and this was reportedly a huge factor in the deal. However, the tall forward was fast-approaching the twilight of his career when he arrived in East-London and was used sparingly during the 2015/2016 season, having to play second fiddle to the likes of Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho. However, the former Hull City man’s disappointing time at Upton Park did have a few highlights, most notably goals against Wolves and Newcastle.

The former Croatian international would only go on to make 12 League appearances in Claret and Blue, before making the move to China with Beijing Renhe in January 2016. Jelavic left with a year-and-a-half left on his contract and a ruined reputation in the Premier League.

Emmanuel Emenike

The differences between the signings of Nikica Jelavic and former Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike are very little, but there was one huge difference, Emenike joined us on-loan from Super Lig side Fenerbahce and not as a free-agent.

Just like Jelavic, the forward was drafted in to provide back-up to the first-team strikers for the run in of the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, as we looked to secure Champions League Football. The 30-year-old had been linked with us in the past before his move and had played for the likes of Spartak Moscow and Cape Town in his early-career.

The former AFCON top goal-scorer made his debut in the 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Southampton and continued to make similar cameo roles from the bench. Emenike was handed his first Hammers start in the away thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in The F.A Cup, a game in which he poached two goals and should have also bagged his hat-trick. The agile forward would go onto make five starts in the league and pull on The Claret and Blue for the final time in the season-ending defeat at The Bet 365 Stadium, before returning to his parent club in the summer.

As time passes, the names Nikica Jelavic and Emmanuel Emenike will not be etched in the club history books. Instead, they will be forgotten along with a whole host of other David Gold and David Sullivan attacking signings.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.