West Ham star Valencia on 'nice guy' Diafra Sakho

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Enner Valencia has revealed that it is ‘great’ to play with West Ham teammate Diafra Sakho.

The striking duo have been a revelation since their arrival in England over the summer, with former Metz man Sakho netting five goals in five Premier League starts.

Valencia has not been as impressive in front of goal, but he still has two strikes to his name, and the pair have been key men as the Irons have shot up the table into fourth place. They have led the line for Sam Allardyce’s men in his new-look attacking side, and Valencia is keen to see the Hammers continue their good form with a victory against Manchester City on Saturday.

City travel to the Boleyn Ground looking to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to two points, but the Ecuadorian forward is keen to register his first home goal on Saturday - helping the Hammers to the three points.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Valencia said: “I hope to score my first goal at the Boleyn Ground very soon and it will be nice to score in front of our home fans. I hope I can score in front of them and get them the three points on Saturday.

“I am confident we can get three points against Manchester City. We play in front of our fans in our stadium and I think this gives us a good opportunity to get three points.”

If they intend to claim a result off of City, the club will be hoping that Sakho continues the impressive form he has displayed since his arrival to to the Premier League. Having won the French Ligue 2 Player of the Year award last season, the 24-year-old forward has netted a goal every 94 minutes this season, and Valencia is delighted to be playing with the Senegalese international.

“It's great to play up front with Diafra,” he added.

“He is doing really well and scoring goals at pivotal points of the game. He's been doing very well and he is a nice guy, so I am happy for him.”

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