"Freddie is a very good player, he is a goal-scorer and he gets in all the right positions," Hines told the Sunday Mercury. "In some ways I am a similar player to Freddie but sometimes I like to drop off more than he does.
"I'd like to think that I can make a similar impact at Coventry as what Freddie has done at West Ham. I will just wait for my chances and when I get those chances then hopefully I will take them. I'm just trying to do my best at Coventry so I can hopefully get my chances at West Ham.
"Me and Freddie used to play in the under-18s last season but I got injured and that held me back. I've started back fully this season and I'm just looking to regain the sharpness.
"There's a lot of quality players that have come out of the West Ham Academy like Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe. It's very good and they teach you things you need to know after and during training. It's just about concentrating and making sure that you do what you do.
"Carlton Cole, Bobby Zamora and Anton Ferdinand have been a big help for me, they are good with youngsters. They talk to you and tell you what to do. They've been there so for players like that to show you the ropes then it's a big boost."