Emmanuel Emenike has joined West Ham on loan from Fenerbahce until the end of the season so we thought it was an appropriate time to take a look at the Nigerian international striker.
Started From The Bottom
Emenike went from earning $50 per-month in South Africa to $250,000 per-month at Fenerbahçe and enjoyed a trip to Russia in-between. Former Karabükspor president Hikmet Ferudun Tankut said: “Emenike was making $50 a month playing for Cape Town in South Africa. He told me that he saw Karabükspor as a stepping stone in his career, that he would make it to the top and that his goal was to play for Chelsea.” Emenike went from playing second tier football in Turkey to earning a big money move to Fenerbahçe and then to Spartak Moscow and then back to the Yellow Canaries. The powerful striker scored 30 times in 51 appearances for Karabükspor, 24 times in 51 games for Spartak and needed 17 goals at Fenerbahce.
Reunited With Slaven Bilic
Emenike is no stranger to Slaven Bilic but had up until now always played against rival sides the Croatian manager had managed. The Nigerian international played for Lokomotiv Moscow rivals Spartak and for Fenerbahçe while Bilic was in charge of Beşiktaş.
“I’ve known him [Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we’ve known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him.