Diafra Sakho has revealed how many goals he is planning to score this season.
The Senegalese international completed a switch to the Boleyn Ground over the summer, coming off the back of a season with Metz in Ligue 2, where he was voted by the French public as the divisional Player of the Year.
The 24-year-old has continued the form he displayed with the Ligue 2 Champions, with whom he scored 20 goals in 37 games last season, by netting five goals in six games after making his debut in the League Cup against Sheffield United.
He has astounded the critics who believed Sakho would follow in the footsteps of a fellow former arrival from the French divisions, with Modibo Maiga failing to make his mark in the Premier League last season, and Sakho told London24 that he set himself a target to reach to make an impression immediately upon his arrival.
He said: “From the moment I arrived I set myself targets.
“Personally that was to get in the team, I knew that I was going to score goals, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly.
“I came from Ligue 2 in France and I was voted player of the year, but when I came here people told me that I wasn’t up to playing in the Premier League. That motivated me to want to come here and to prove to everyone that even coming from Ligue 2, I can still compete in the Premier League.”
He has certainly proved the doubters wrong, netting strikes against Liverpool, Manchester United, Hull and QPR in the Premier League, and his incredibly tally is drawing him ever closer to his pre-season target.
He added: “The target is only 10 goals. I didn’t know how things were going to pan out, but it is still only 10.
“I’m the sort of person that once I’ve a target in mind, I stick to it, even when I know that perhaps I’m going to achieve it, I still have to get there.
“The moment I get to 10, I’ll set new targets, 15, 16,or 17 perhaps, but personally, for me, the target is 10.”
Sakho’s goals have seen the Hammers move into the top 10 heading into the return of the Premier League this weekend, with the club traveling to Lancashire to face relegation strugglers Burnley.