'No fluke' behind Sakho and Valencia success, says West Ham star

James Collins is confident Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia will continue to improve, as they are ‘top quality players’.

The summer arrivals at the Boleyn Ground have netted eight goals between them in 15 games, with Sakho’s six in six starts revitalising the Hammers season.

The duo are spearheading the new look West Ham side who sit in fourth place in the Premier League, just three points off second-placed Southampton. Wins over Liverpool and Manchester City have capped their season, and, with a trip to Stoke this weekend, the Irons could well move further up the table by the close of this weekend.

Many are suggesting that Sakho and Valencia are riding a run of form that will only end in the coming weeks - with Sakho unlikely to continue his record breaking goalscoring run - but Irons defender James Collins believes that there is ‘no fluke’ behind their impressive starts to the season.

Quoted by the official West Ham website, Collins said: “Our front men have been incredible so far this season, having trained with them for a while now I know how good they really are.

“Trust me, there is no fluke behind Diafra's goal streak or Enner's ability, they are both top quality players.”

Sakho was taken off injured after scoring the winner against Manchester City last weekend, and he could be set to miss Saturday’s trip to the Britannia Stadium, leaving Valencia to step into the goalscoring void. Thankfully, the club also have Carlton Cole returning from injury, and Collins is confident that he can replace either striker if one is out of action, with the former Chelsea man scoring goals off the substitutes bench.

“We've also got Carlton scoring off the bench which is another positive,” he added.

A win for the Irons could move them on to equal points with second place Southampton, and would further secure Sam Allardyce’s future at West Ham - despite the increasing pressure to be found on his head towards the close of last season.

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