West Ham have made a decent start to the new season, winning two of their opening six games as Sam Allardyce's new signings begin to gel at Upton Park. Last weekend they demolished Liverpool 3-1, but this weekend they were harshly beaten 2-1 by Manchester United despite playing well at Old Trafford and having a Kevin Nolan goal controversially ruled out.
Striker Diafra Sakho got himself on the scoresheet once again, making it four goals in his first four games - breaking Leroy Rosenior's goalscoring record which has stood since 1988 where the former striker hit three goals in his first three games for the Hammers. Now, Rosenior has praised Sakho's impact in English football when speaking with West Ham website Claret and Hugh.
"I was delighted to seem Diafra Sakho destroy my 26 year old record of a new Hammer scoring in his first three games. God, that makes me feel old! Diafra has now scored in his last four and that record could stand for even longer than mine. Let me be the first to congratulate him," said Rosenior.
"He’s a real sparky character and one of my favourite Hammers for some time. Watching him you would think he’d been at the club a few years rather than a few weeks. He was excellent again at Old Trafford yesterday and is already a huge terrace favourite – that’s gonna grow and grow."
Rosenior also praised two more recent Allardyce signings - Diego Poyet and Morgan Amalfitano. Midfielder Poyet, the son of Sunderland boss Diego, started his first Premier League game against United on Saturday, whilst Amalfitano was handed a start having scored West Ham's third goal against Liverpool a week ago. Rosenior was impressed with both at Old Trafford, and believes it's a testament to the club's impressive summer recruitment.
"I thought the team – with three regular first teamers missing – put in an outstanding performance and I would single out Diego Poyet for a special word of praise," Rosenior continued. "He was called up late and to be launched into a game like that really was a baptism by fire but he was outstanding and was entirely unfazed. He looks a real prospect and shows the club’s recruitment policy this season has been absolute top class."
"Morgan Amalfitano did very well and overall it was a performance which promised an awful lot for the future. There’s real quality in this Irons side and I’m at the stage where I am looking forward to every game," added Rosenior.