West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho may have only partnered Andy Carroll up front once since joining the club, but the England international may have had more to do with his good form than it would appear.
Sakho has made a blistering start to life at the London club, scoring eight times in his first 10 games, but it seems that his transitional period has been eased by the research that he did prior to joining.
The French striker has revealed that he watched videos regularly of Carroll in action, prior to joining, to try and learn from the powerful striker's style of play and it has certainly worked to date.
“I am proud to play with Andy Carroll,” Sakho told the London Evening Standard. “I watched him a lot on TV, studied him, before I came here.”
The strike duo worked to devastating effect at the weekend, as they helped the Hammers pick up their third victory in the space of a week against Swansea City.
Carroll scored twice in the match before Sakho added a third, after coming off the substitutes' bench, to help Sam Allardyce's men to a 3-1 success, which puts them in third position in the table.
It is a run of form which has created a great amount of excitement at the Boleyn Ground and if Carroll and Sakho can continue to hit the back of the net they may just be able to consolidate their lofty position in the table in the coming weeks.
West Ham's next game comes at the weekend, when they travel to Sunderland looking to add another three points to their total.