Diafra Sakho must surely be in Slaven Bilic’s thinking this weekend.
Sakho has had to deal with seeing Andy Carroll ahead of him in Slaven Bilic’s plans in recent weeks, and he has been showing the head coach what he can do by scoring a good goal in training.
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Winning the ball from a cross sent into the area, Sakho’s header is blocked, before he pounces onto the rebound faster than the defenders, and smashes the ball past Adrian in goal - and, ironically, his striker partner Andy Carroll who is standing on the goal line.
This is the goal that Sakho hopes pushes him into contention to start this weekend, as the Hammers look to recover from their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Spurs in the home tie against West Brom.
Sakho did start the game against Spurs, but he was pushed out onto the wing, leaving Carroll to lead the line.
The English international struggled, as was expected, and there have been a number of calls this week for Bilic to drop him for Sakho.
The Senegalese forward offers far more movement in the final third, and he offers a much more clinical presence in front of goal. Sakho also prefers playing with the ball at his feet - the system that West Ham prefer - but this does not come at the expense of his aerial ability.
It is hard to understand why Bilic opted to start Carroll against Spurs, but the head coach should really consider starting Sakho upfront this weekend against West Brom.