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Monday 14th January 2013 15:05

Paulista: looks great online!

Paulista: looks great online!

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West Ham FanZoner Greg Styles hopes Wellington Paulista will get the chance to shine at Upton Park.

Youtube star arrives in east London

When your club announces that the latest signing is coming over from South America, your first reaction is either to panic and worry how they will adjust to being kicked around on a rainy Wednesday night, lick your lips at the prospect of a skilful export coming to your club or possibly a bit of both.

But one thing most fans will have in common is going straight to Youtube, typing in the blokes name and seeing if he's any good.

And whilst you can't deduce too much from seeing him score a screamer past a slightly erratic Brazilian goalkeeper it certainly helps ease the fear that he might turn out to be just another flop from Brazil who is off home after a handful of substitute appearances.

I've now watched eight whole minutes of video montage on West Ham's new recruit and have to say I'm suitably impressed. As I watch him tuck in neat finishes and instinctive touches, all from inside the penalty box, I can't help but draw a comparison to Manchester United's Javier Hernandez, and he's not too shabby.

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And of course I'm not suggesting he is as good as the Mexican, but he certainly whets the appetite for his first appearance at Upton Park.

Wellington Paulista is the man in question and has joined on a six-month loan deal from Cruzeiro.

With just six months to make an impression in a league of which he has never played before, I do have my doubts that he will have the time or the opportunities to make a substantial impression.

The recent additions of Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh have gone a long way to bolstering the attacking options available to Sam Allardyce.

And with Andy Carroll only a few weeks away from regaining fitness, whether Allardyce will choose to play the Brazilian over more experienced players as the season draws to its climax will remain to be seen.

Mobido Maiga is off to the African Cup of Nations with Mali so there should at least be opportunities for Wellington to shine coming off the bench. And if his goal record for Cruzeiro is anything to go by (75 in 160 games) then he may well turn out to be a hit and stay longer than the six months of his loan deal.

Whilst West Ham might not be known for our South American imports if you disregard Tevez and Mascherano from the equation, this might be a deal which can do more good than harm to the club.

And maybe, just maybe Wellington will turn out to be as good in real life as he is in his Youtube videos.

@gstyles19

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