West Ham must keep Diafra Sakho

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West Ham’s star striker, Diafra Sakho, is already being linked with a move away from east London after his explosive start to life in the Premier League.

The Daily Express is reporting that Liverpool are keen on the Hammers forward as they search for a replacement for the under performing Mario Balotelli in January.

Sakho only joined West Ham in the summer, signing from Metz in a £3.5million deal that continues to look like a shrewd piece of business, and it is vital the Sam Allardyce fends off interest from the so-called bigger clubs to keep the star.

Massive impact

The Senegal international has taken to the Premier League immediately since his switch from France, scoring seven goals in nine appearances and from just nine shots on target. He has scored eight in 10 in all competitions and is frighteningly clinical in front of goal.

He had a prolific record while playing in France’s lower tiers, first scoring 19 goals from 33 appearances to help Metz win promotion from division three and then 20 goals in 36 matches as the club won the second division last season. It was still a big gamble from West Ham and even they wouldn’t have expected him to adapt as quickly as he has.

Sakho’s natural goalscoring ability and all-action style is a major factor as to why the Hammers are currently sitting in third in the table, he is the perfect fit for the Premier League and it is not surprising Liverpool are taking an interest in the striker.

Team player

It is not just his knack for sniffing out goals that is getting him so many plaudits, but his all-round attitude and hunger for the game.

He is the complete opposite of Balotelli in that he will run the channels, chase down loose balls, work for the side and play with an enthusiasm and desire that spreads throughout the team.

Sakho leads by example from the front and has earned his goals by giving his absolute all to every match he has played. Balotelli, on the other hand, cost £16million and has yet to score in the Premier League this season, but it is his attitude that will most displease Brendan Rodgers.

Prized asset

If Sakho continues in this rich vein of form other clubs around Europe may come knocking on the door but West Ham must ensure they hold on to the striker.

They would be almost guaranteed to make a huge profit if they were to sell, but in the long run it would be naive as it will be hard for them to find a replacement. Goals are priceless in football and as long as he keeps firing West Ham have a great chance of achieving their lofty ambitions of European football.

The 24-year-old should be loyal to the Hammers for giving him the opportunity to play at the top level and showcase his talents, so it would be expected that he will be willing to honour his four-year contract.

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