‘They're a bit of nobodies’ - Allardyce speaks on West Ham duo

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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce doesn't think that Enner Valencia or Diafra Sakho has a reputation in the Premier League yet.

Sam Allardyce believes that West Ham United strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are performing so well because Premier League teams haven't identified their talents.

The strike-pair have made blistering starts in England and both were on the scoresheet at the weekend, as West Ham conquered Burnley.

It was a result which moved the Hammers into the top-four and a major reason behind this has been the form of Sakho and Valencia.

The duo have wasted no time in settling into life in their new surroundings following summer transfers, but Allardyce things may get a little more different when they are more reputed players.

"These two lads will get more and more attention," he said to the club's official site. "At the moment they're a bit of nobodies in the Premier League but soon people will catch on and will make life a bit more difficult for them. We'll see if they can handle that but they're certainly the big two for us at the moment in terms of these victories.

"I would tell Diafra to just keep going. He's hit the ground well and surprised us all and we just want to make sure it continues. It's my job to make sure he keeps his feet on the ground and doesn't get carried away.

"He has so much energy and desire. Before he goes out I can see it in him - he just feels like he's going to score and when we needed him again he delivered.

"When Enner came back having scored three goals [for Ecuador], he was never not going to play as we hoped he would carry that on and he has. It was very similar to Diafra's goal - fantastic cross and a brilliant header. He's only 5fit 9in and has such a great spring to get between defenders and they can't stop him."

The pair now have eight goals between them for the season and they will be looking to continue to fire West Ham up the table. The side have impressed all viewers with their new-found style, which gives them much more attacking impetus.

There is already talk emerging that they could make it into the European places, and the fact that the London club are now in the top-four has raised expectations further.

It is a long time since there has been this much excitement around Boleyn Ground and the hope is that the club can build on this impressive start.

Their next game comes against Manchester City at home and that will be a serious test of their credentials. 

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