West Ham United have made a superb start to the new season - and that's just what manager Sam Allardyce needed. Saturday's 2-1 win over Manchester City means that the Hammers lie in fourth place in the Premier League table, just months after doubts were cast over Allardyce's future, with the West Ham board demanding a more attractive brand of football this season.
So far, he's done just that. The Hammers have won five of their opening nine games this season, and having also beaten Liverpool at Upton Park, they look to be making rapid progress in a new, more expansive style under 'Big Sam'.
What can't be understated is the backing Allardyce got in the summer in order to turn things around. Allardyce brought in the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia, but there can be no doubting who the star of the show has been so far.
Striker Diafra Sakho had been linked with a move to Newcastle, but joined West Ham for just £3.5m from French side Metz in August, and the Senegalese international has embarked on a staggering goalscoring mission.
The 24-year-old notched the winner against Manchester City on Saturday, which made it seven goals in seven games for the Hammers, making him an instant hero at Upton Park.
Now, with his reputation growing by the week, West Ham appear to be worried about the threat of losing Sakho, and reports suggest that they will now look to offer him a new contract already - just two months into life in English football.
With France reportedly eyeing a call-up for Sakho (he's only represented Senegal in a friendly), his four year contract that he signed in August looks set to be improved in the coming months after his remarkable goalscoring record.