West Ham suffers Sakho blow

By on October 28, 2014

West Ham may have secured a deserved win against Manchester City but that victory is one that came at a price. The Hammers will be missing the services of their inform striker Diafra Sakho who has sustained a shoulder injury and could be out for up to a month. The Senegalese who arrived from Ligue 2 side Metz for about £4.5m is one of Sam Allardyce’s low profile recruits this summer but has now endeared himself to the fans through his wonderful performances.

The Hammers have been planning to offer the striker an improved wage structure to keep prowling teams at bay as Sakho’s efforts have ensured that the club sits in the 4th place on the English premier League.

The Hammers boss as in fact benefited from the wonderful partnership which has been fostered between the Senegalese and another summer arrival Enner Valencia. While Sakho came off after grabbing a winner when he rose high enough to send in a header too powerful for Joe Hart to handle, he was met with a standing ovation by thousands of the Hammers fans. The strike was actually the 24-year-old’s 7th in as many games and after Micky Quin, no other player in history had been able to score in each of their first 6 Premier League starts.

With this kind of brilliance, manager Sam Allardyce will hope that the initial assessment was exaggerated so that the forward can be fit in time to face at least two of their next three league fixtures against Stoke City, Aston Villa and Everton.

In a sharp contrast of last season’s performance, Andy Carroll had only managed just 2 goals in about 7 games and more so, this season, Sakho’s partner in crime, Valencia has scored twice, and also sent in an assist for Morgan Amalfitano’s opener on Sunday. He switched to West Ham from Mexican outfit Pachuca just few months ago, but the obvious hunger for goals that both he and Sakho exude have been very promising and West Ham favourite Tony Cottee believes that the best is yet to come from the duo.

Upon Sakho’s arrival, he stated; ’I’m going to give my all, going flat out on the pitch and I think the fans will appreciate that’ but after hitting the ground running, the club can only wish that he comes back with the same kind of bustling energy that saw him contest about 29 duels this weekend alone- a lot higher than any other player.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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