After a pretty grim preseason, where West Ham struggled to score and looked shapeless going forward, it's been crazy classic old-school Bubbletastic mayhem ever since the Premiership kicked off! Last Monday's match against Hull City was the best example to date, where the KC stadium witnessed a ding-dong battle between two committed and offensively-capable sides that ended in a 2-2 draw. The neutral observer may not have deemed West Ham vs Hull to be a glamour tie, but those who tuned in were treated to a stunning battle that left observers breathless.
The good news is that the current Hammers are scoring goals of the highest quality. Zarate's super strike against Palace and Valencia's stunner against Hull are already contenders for Hammer's goal of the season! Meanwhile, Diafra Sakho is starting to look like one of those strikers who have the happy habit of popping up in the right places at the right time and who accumulate goals of all varieties.
Sakho's Premiership account was opened against Hull City on Monday after the dubious goals panel ruled that his scuffed attempt that eventually slipped over the line could be attributed to the Senegalese forward. Sakho has been a bit o a gamble as although he has been prolific over the past two seasons, averaging 20 goals a season - this has been in the French lower leagues which are a far-cry from the Premiership. So far, so good and his signing looks like an astute investment as apart from the goals, Sahko poses a big physical presence and looks deliciously direct and pacey with it!
Sakho also picked up a goal in the League Cup encounter against the team who shall not be mentioned. However, his best strike was in a development squad match against the hapless Ipswich Town where he combined with Alex Song and Ravel Morrison to finish off an audacious strike worthy of Hurst, McAvennie and even Mr Di Canio!
Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWoHGy1dZ1Y#t=100
Hammers fans will undoubtedly be enjoying the rediscovery of exciting football as promised before the season started and with a haul of 4 points after 4 games we are sitting reasonably comfortably. If we could rediscover defensive parsimony of previous Allardyce campaigns we could be a real force to reckon with!
Next up, we will hope to improve upon traditional Hammers form against old rivals Liverpool and Man United. Both sides look out of sorts and just maybe this is a good time to improve our record against them.
Either way, let the entertainment roll......Maybe it's time for a decent run in the FA Cup!