Gold raves about West Ham star Diafra Sakho, believes he can become 'world class'

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been lauded by David Gold.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has told the club's official website that striker Diafra Sakho has the potential to become a 'world class striker'.

Sakho, 25, joined the Hammers from Metz last summer, and with little expectation upon his arrival, the Senegal international become one of the surprise packages of the season.

With 12 goals in 26 games, Sakho was one of West Ham's standout performers last season, and he is certainly expected to replicate that form next season.

Sakho struck twice in West Ham's 3-0 win over Lusitans in the Europa League last week, getting his 2015/16 campaign off to an ideal start.

Hammers co-chairman David Gold was impressed with Sakho's display, and told the club's official website that the striker has the potential to become 'world class'.

"I was delighted to see Diafra Sakho get among the goals straight away," said Gold. "We have a lot of high hopes resting on Sakho next season and he is the one who can surprise everyone. I believe he can become a world class striker. He has the passion and attributes to be one of the top forwards in the Premier League."

"He had an unbelievable start last season and scored eight goals in nine games which is up there with the very best. Sadly he got injured and who knows how many goals he could have finished the season with. I am pleased to say he has made a full recovery during the summer and it will be great if he can keep scoring goals heading into the new season," he added.

West Ham's leading forward?

Next term, manager Slaven Bilic will be looking to see Sakho lead the line on a regular basis, with fellow forward Andy Carroll encountering a number of injury problems in recent years.

During Bilic's time as Besiktas boss, the Croatian regularly deployed a 4-2-3-1 system with Demba Ba - formerly of West Ham - leading the line.

Sakho possesses many of the athletic qualities that made Ba so effective under Bilic, and he will now be looking for Sakho to have a similar impact next season.

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