The attacking star has suggested that it was Kouyate who helped him settle into life at Upton Park, providing him with a confident platform to go about his business as a key component in the team’s attack.
“It is my first season here and Cheik helped me to settle into life in England and I like that. It’s a simpler life for me because Cheik is here. I talk to Cheik if I need to,” he said.
It’s encouraging that there are players in the West Ham squad who are willing to offer an olive branch in order to help teammates and it bodes well for any new signings that the club’s manager brings in.
Sakho’s challenge looking ahead to next season is building on the figures he achieved in the last campaign, while ensuring that he says fit.
He scored ten goals and registered two assists in the Premier League over the past ten months and he needs to try and improve on his figures in both of those areas.
It’s not going to be easy because the new manager coming in to replace Sam Allardyce won’t have any favourites and will start with a clean slate in terms of players fighting to be first choice in their position.
He’s got to work hard through pre-season to impress the new boss and to earn the right to start in the West Ham attack in a very important season for him personally and for the football club.