By Johnny Edward:
Former Fenerbahce boss Ismail Kartal has urged West Ham fans to back Emmanuel Emenike as the forward thrives when he knows fans are behind him.
Kartak stated that Emenike was technically his best striker but that because of the circumstances with the fans the Nigerian striker failed to reach his potential at the Turkish club.
The Fenerbache loanee is yet to score in five English Premier League appearances for the Hammers but bagged a brace in West Ham’s 5-1 win over Blckburn in the sixth round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park.
“Emenike is a player that thrives on confidence, our fans made him lose his confidence and as a result we could not get what we expected from him,” Kartal said of Emenike while speaking on NTV.
“Emenike was clearly our most dangerous player but we could not get the crowd behind him. Had the crowd got behind him I am certain he would have thrived.
“I just wanted him to score a few goals and get the crowd back on side. I knew if he got a few goals the fans would have been behind him again but it just did not work out unfortunately.”
Under Kartal in 2015, Emenike fell out with Fenerbahce fans during the Istanbul derby last season when he missed a great chance early in the first half to put Fenerbahçe ahead and was heckled by the the home supporters afterwards.
The 28-year-old reacted by taking off his shirt and abandoned the game but Kartal and his technical staff stopped him from walking down the tunnel.
He could sign a permanent deal with West Ham for £8.5 million if he makes another six appearances for the club according to reports.