West Ham legend believes Sakho and Valencia is their best partnership in almost 30 years

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West Ham United hero Tony Cottee has been impressed with the partnership of new signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

Despite a tough season last term and calls for his sacking, Sam Allardyce was backed by the West Ham board, splashing the cash on the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

So far, the spending has worked. West Ham sit seventh in the Premier League, winning three of their first seven games of the season - which included a superb 3-1 victory over Liverpool in September.

The key to West Ham's great start has been the performances of aforementioned new signings Sakho and Valencia. Senegalese hitman Sakho has scored four goals in his first four Premier League starts, whilst Valencia - coming off a breakout World Cup tournament for Ecuador - has impressed with his pace and electric movement.

Having become one of the most dangerous strike partnerships in the league already, Hammers legend Tony Cottee believes West Ham have their best strike force since he and Frank McAvennie hit 46 goals between them in 1985-86.

"What a start Sakho has had to his West Ham career; he really is in something of a purple patch and long may it continue," said Cottee. "Despite Diafra’s positive start, for me, Enner Valencia is the one that excites me the most and I still expect the striker to finish as our top goalscorer this season. Valencia impressed me greatly in his three games for Ecuador at the World Cup and I just see so much potential in Enner and his style of play."

"As of right now, though, it is great to see the partnership developing with the two strikers; I’ve always maintained the importance of building a successful relationship and understanding with your fellow forwards. I always try to keep my feet firmly on the floor, although there is a feeling amongst a lot of Hammers that we’ve (potentially) found our best partnership since, well, Frank McAvennie and I!" he added.

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