By talkSPORT | Wednesday, April 11, 2012
West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan is backing Ricardo Vaz Te to score the goals to help the club gain promotion back into the Premier League next season.
Despite the Hammers dropping more crucial points at home against Birmingham on Monday, Nolan feels they have still got enough quality to gain promotion.
West Ham are currently six points behind Southampton and Reading with just four games left to play.
But having scored seven goals for the east London club following his move from Barnsley back in January which includes five in his last four games, Nolan feels the Portuguese striker is one of the hottest strikers in the Championship and can play a major role in helping the club reach the top flight.
Nolan said: “I have known him since he was a 16-year-old boy and he has been a great kid. When he came to Bolton he had a massive future ahead of him, but he had a knee injury and it sort of stopped him.
“But he is a lad who went to Greece to make sure he stayed in the game and then went off to Scotland to play for Hibs. This year he has been brilliant for Barnsley and that is why he got the move.
“He deserved to come here and since he arrived he has been a breath of fresh air. He is a pacey forward type winger. He is great in the air and he is also a good kid to have around.
“It is just great to see a lad who you have known since he was 16 and he is growing up and doing the right things and hopefully he will get rewarded for that by scoring more goals before the end of the season and getting his chance back in the Premier League next season.”