Sunday 5 June 2016

Sak-No! to Slumberland Switch

It's a measure of how little is going on at West Ham right now that the main story of late has been about a possible switch to Sunderland for Diafra Sakho. With Sunderland reported to have tabled a bid of £11 million he speculation has grown. However, Hammers fans will hardly be losing sleep about these rumours as the whole episode makes little sense.

Firstly, Sakho is on a four year contact until the Summer of 2018. Secondly, £11 million would be a total steal for a striker with proven premiership quality. Thirdly, having moved on Emannuel Emineke and Nikica Jelavic the Hammers have lots of space in their attacking department. Fourthly, Enner Valencia continues to struggle to find consistency and would seem considerably more likely to move elsewhere in the Summer. Fifthly, although Sakho experienced some issues in his personal life during the season, it was clear that Slaven Bilic wanted to support his talented striker rather than freeze him out in the way that Morgan Amalfitano was managed.

Finally, Bilic is way too smart to let out most abrasive attacking talent leave. Although Sakks only scored 7 goals last season, this was from a wider role than previously as Andy Carroll spent less time on the injury list. In that role Sakho is a constant nuisance that unsettles opposition defences and creates the confusion and space in which the likes of Payet and Lanzini can thrive.

No, No, No. Complete nonsense. Move on, there's nothing to see here.

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