David Gold gives verdict on West Ham player who came so close to quitting
By Amir Mir
David Gold has expressed his delight at the return of forward Diafra Sakho as West Ham take on Tottenham.
Forward Sakho, who has missed the start of the season through injury, is fit to take on Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.
The 26-year-old, who nearly quit West Ham in the summer before a potential move to West Brom collapsed, will be a welcome boost for Slaven Bilic’s side as they have struggled in front of goal this season.
Bilic purchased three attackers during the summer window, Simone Zaza, Ashley Fletcher and Andre Ayew and the trio have failed to score a single league goal between them.
The club’s chairman Gold explained why Sakho’s presence will lift the Hammers as they aim to move away from the relegation zone.
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“Having Diafra Sakho back in the squad is a big boost for everyone,” Gold wrote on the club’s official website. “Diafra is a fans favourite and has scored some crucial goals for the Club.
“He has energy and pace and I know Slaven has said it will feel like having a new signing back in the team so we are all excited to see him back in action.”
Sakho scored seven goals in 24 appearances in all competitions last season, including five in 21 Premier League games for the Hammers.
Bilic’s side are currently one place above Hull, who occupy the final relegation spot, with the Hammers on 11 points and the Tigers one point behind after 11 games.
The east London club have a tricky set of fixtures coming up leading into the busy festive period.
They travel to Spurs on Saturday, then to Manchester United the following week, Arsene Wenger’s side visit the London stadium on December 3, followed by a tricky trip to Anfield.
Nonetheless, West Ham could be in the relegation zone at the conclusion of this weekend fixtures, with Hull taking on rock bottom Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
In other West Ham team news, why this 26-year-old will be crucial to Mauricio Pochettino in their clash against the Hammers.