West Ham legend praises 'excellent' Sakho

Diafra Sakho netted his fifth goal in five games on Sunday having joined the Hammers over the summer.

24-year-old Sakho signed a four-year deal with the London club in August, signing after an impressive five-year spell with French Ligue 2 club Metz.

The 2013/14 season rewarded the Senegalese forward with 20 goals in 36 appearances, winning his club the league title, and being named the Ligue 2 Player of the Year.

He failed to score on his debut for the club, but has since found a wonderful run of form, netting five goals in five starts across all competitions, and moving Sam Allardyce’s men into the top 10 of the Premier League table.

He has impressed all corners of the media, with many claiming that West Ham completed one of the best pieces of business over the summer, and former Hammers forward Tony Cottee, who now works for Sky Sports, told London24 that Sakho seems to be an ‘excellent’ player.

The 49-year-old, who scored over 100 goals for West Ham during the 1980’s, said: “Diafra Sakho made it five goals out of five and he seems to be an excellent goalscorer.

“I think too much emphasis is placed on things like Opta Stats where they say you haven’t played well unless you have run five miles and Sakho is probably a good example of that – he just seems to be in the right place at the right time.

“I think if Opta Stats had been around when I was playing then I would have been near the bottom of the list because I only really got a sprint on if I was going to try and score a goal!

“I am not comparing myself to Sakho, but he concentrates on scoring goals and that is fine with me.”

  Mins PlayedGoalsShots On TargetKey PassesPasses per GameTouches per GameAppearances
Diafra Sakho 379 4 6 0 13.8 33.2 5

Cottee seems to have understood Sakho’s game from his short spell in English football, with the forward netting an impressive amount of goals without offering much else on the pitch. He touches the ball 33.2 times per game, and attempts just 13.8 passes per game. He has yet to play a single key pass for his teammates, but he has scored four goals from six shots on target.

If the goals dry up for Sakho, it will be interesting to see how he can remain in Sam Allardyce’s team, with the boss requiring hard workers, and the forward offering little else. However, with him currently on a hot streak of goalscoring form, there is no doubt that he is arguably one of the Hammers’ finest stars.

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