David Gold singles out one new West Ham signing as 'a breath of fresh air'

Upton Park

David Gold believes that West Ham have hit the jackpot with striker Diafra Sakho.

West Ham United continue to go from strength to strength in a new look system under manager Sam Allardyce.

Despite calls for his departure in the summer, West Ham backed 'Big Sam' in the transfer market, and after a host of new signings, the Hammers sit in fourth place.

The 2-1 weekend win over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City was the result of the campaign so far - which has also included a 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

Many of the new signings have impressed, such as Alex Song, Morgan Amalfitano and Enner Valencia, but there can be little doubting who the star of the show has been to date - Diafra Sakho.

The Senegalese striker was signed from French side Metz for just £3.5m in August, and he's now racked up seven goals in seven games to make himself an instant hero at Upton Park - leading to huge praise from co-chairman David Gold.

"This kid is an absolute breath of fresh air – all he wants to do is play," said Gold in an interview with Claret and Hugh. "He doesn’t appear to have given his injury a second thought. He just wants to be out there playing – it’s brilliant and inspiring."

"It really is so refreshing to find a player like this. He has settled brilliantly and everybody is affected by his great attitude. He is a joy to be around."

"And to score in seven consecutive games is a near unheard of achievement. To manage that whilst still settling into a new country and culture is extraordinary. How much better can he get – we’ve struck gold," he added.

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