By Will Butcher

West Ham could secure three points against London rivals Tottenham if returning striker Diafra Sakho starts at White Hart Lane.

The Senegal international’s pace and attacking mindset has been sorely missed by the Hammers, with their side currently languishing above the relegation zone in 17th place.

Sakho, 26, has finally overcome a back injury and could make his first appearance of the season for Slaven Bilic’s side against Tottenham on Saturday.

Signed from Metz back in the summer of 2014, Sakho is likely to come straight in to the side to replace the Hammers’ impotent attackers who have failed to find the net once all season.

Italy international Simone Zaza is the main culprit, scoreless in nine league and cup encounters.

His disappointing start to life in a claret and blue shirt has already sparked rumours that he is set to end his season-long loan move to East London in January, as Sakho and target man Andy Carroll return from injury.

Youngster Ashley Fletcher has also failed to make an impact, while loan signing Jonathan Calleri has failed to feature from the start in the Premier League.

Sakho’s return has even buoyed owner David Gold, who has claimed that the return of West ham’s number 15 will be a boost to the club.

Signed by Sam Allardyce, Sakho has scored 15 goals in just 38 Premier League starts and has found the back of the net against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and indeed Tottenham.

Spurs defence will have been expecting an easy afternoon against the ineffective strikeforce of West Ham, but could be in for a tougher test than expected if Sakho starts.

In other West Ham news, this is the Spurs side set to face West Ham.