By Matt Farr
Football Insider names West Ham’s biggest disappointment of the year for 2016.
Injury-prone striker Diafra Sakho has been named as West Ham’s biggest disappointment in a year where he has managed just 12 appearances in all competitions.
Despite spending so much time on the sidelines, Sakho still remains one of West Ham’s most reliable goalscorers. When called upon to lead the line for the Hammers, the Senegal international almost always comes up with the goods.
However, consecutive back and hamstring injuries have prevented West Ham from really being able to call upon Sakho at all, and his absence has left a gaping hole at the spearhead of the Hammers’ attack.
Andy Carroll has been able to fill the void due to his own injury concerns, and each of West Ham’s summer signings have fallen horribly short of the performance levels expected by both Slaven Bilic and the club fans.
This season, Sakho has managed just two appearances – both in the Premier League – where his one goal helped West Ham earned a draw against Manchester United.
To make matters worse, the 26-year-old has also flirted with the exit door on numerous occasions. The striker handed in a transfer request in the summer, and looked all set to join West Brom, only to fail a medical.
The proposed move upset the West Ham fans, and it’s not like he has been able to win them back with his performances on the pitch.
Meanwhile, back in April, Sakho was punished by the club for his behaviour ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal. Sakho was unhappy to have been omitted from the starting line-up, and withdrew from the matchday squad completely without reasoning. He then posted a derogatory outburst on social media.
With Sakho remaining absent until the middle of January, 2016 is certainly not going to get any better for the Hammers striker; and if he can’t shake off his injury concerns and improve his attitude towards the club, 2017 may not be much better either.
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