Glenn Hoddle: West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are buys of the year

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle hails West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has been singing the praises of West Ham United duo Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

Both players joined the London outfit in the summer transfer window, and both have been hugely impressive in the Premier League so far this season.

While Senegal international striker Sakho has scored seven goals and created 12 chances in 11 league appearances, Ecuador forward Valencia has found the net three times and created seven chances in 14 league matches.

Hoddle believes that the two players have been the best signings of the year in the Premier League.

“When you look at the most astute transfers, Chelsea’s signing of Nemanja Matic last January and Alex Song’s return to English football in the summer are right up there,” the 57-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail. “But Song isn’t even the best buy at his club — that honour falls on Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia…

“There aren’t many undiscovered gems any more but plucking a player like Sakho from Metz in the French second division is as close as you get. Valencia shone in the World Cup but there can always be a risk buying on the back of a good tournament — but West Ham had clearly done their homework.

“West Ham get the ball down and play with those two, hitting teams on the break; when Andy Carroll comes in, they go a bit more direct. They have two ways to play now — Valencia and Sakho have added a new dimension to their game.”

Sakho and Valencia are integral to the passing football that West Ham have been playing this season, and the duo have been key to the Hammers’ rise up the Premier League table.

Heading into Christmas, West Ham find themselves fourth in the standings with 31 points from 17 matches.

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