West Ham's top scorer Diafra Sakho says cult hero Adrian deserved award

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West Ham United's top scorer Diafra Sakho says his teammates and the club's fans got it wrong when deciding the end of season awards.

Aaron Cresswell picked up a hat-trick of honours at the recent West Ham Player Awards after a fine debut season in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old Liverpudlian left-back scooped the club's prestigious Hammer of the Year award, which has been won by a selection of legends over the years such as Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and another left-back Julian Dicks.

The former Ipswich Town star, who was a bargain at just £3.5 million, also picked up Players' Player of the Year and Signing of the Season gongs to put the icing on the cake of a hugely impressive debut season in the English top flight.

The ex-Tranmere Rovers man has not missed a single minute of Premier League action for Sam Allardyce's side this season and his form has seen him linked with big money moves to champions Chelsea and their rivals Manchester City, as reported in the Daily Mail.

He was even tipped for a surprise England call-up when the Hammers were flying in fourth place earlier this season, but it did not materialise.

Popular Cresswell was widely considered to have been deserving of the awards. But West Ham goal machine Sakho, who himself picked up the top scorer award after 12 strikes in his debut season in the Premier League, believes the honours should instead have gone to Hammers cult hero Adrian.

"He has always been great from the very start of the season," he told West Ham's official website.

"As I always say I think he is the one that deserves the trophy of the best player at the club, with all that he's done since the start of the season."

Aside from his impressive performances between the sticks for West Ham this season, the Spaniard cemented his place in Hammers folklore when he saved and then struck the winning penalty in an epic FA Cup third-round replay penalty shootout against Everton.

After saving from Steven Naismith, the shootout went to an agonoisingly prolonged sudden death. When his Toffees counterpart Joel hit the bar, Adrian, despite having never taken a competitive penalty before, showed his confidence by removing his goalkeeping gloves before taking it and duly sent his compatriot the wrong way to win the tie 9-8.

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