West Ham’s star striker and top goal scorer, Diafra Sakho, has all the attributes to become one of the world’s best.
The Senegal international, who joined from Metz for £3.5million in the summer, has scored ten goals in 14 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions and can be considered as one of the signings of the season.
An unknown on English shores before arriving in east London, Sakho has quickly made a name for himself and is currently one of the most lethal forwards in the Premier League.
Out of his ten goals, eight have come with his head and he has that brilliant knack of being in the right place at the right time. He can boast a winning goal against Manchester City, a goal in a win against Liverpool and another in a defeat at Old Trafford.
For a man that was playing in the lower leagues of French football a year ago that isn’t bad going and the fact that he can breach the defences of some of the best side’s in the English game.conveys just how good he is.
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Along with his emphatic heading capabilities is his flair and ability to create something out of nothing which is always a joy to watch.
This was demonstrated perfectly in the last match against Bristol City in the FA Cup when he ran on to a pass down the left-side of the penalty area, flicked the ball over one defender’s head before taking a snap-shot on the half-volley that clipped the top of the crossbar.
His skill, awareness, pace and strength combined with his intelligent footballing brain makes him a real nightmare for any defence to face. He has also claimed two assists this season and constantly creates chances for his fellow team-mates through the movements he makes.
Enthusiasm and desire
Another huge factor as to why Sakho has been such a success is his willingness to put in a shift for the team. He harasses defenders and chases down everything which immediately places a seed of doubt in their minds and he is always on hand to take advantage.
It is clear to see that he enjoys his football and he always plays the game with great enthusiasm and desire. He has previously spoken how he dreams of becoming the new Didier Drogba and he certainly shares some of the same qualities as the Chelsea striker.
Both are powerful, dynamic and intelligent centre forward’s and if Sakho can get anywhere near the level Drogba reached then West Ham have struck gold. At 25, he is approaching his prime and still has his best years ahead of him.