|The dream is on again...|
Saks has done himself few favours with his disrespectful antics over the recent past by demanding a transfer and refusing to join the preseason tour of the US and Austria. A botched escape to the mighty Baggies has left the Senegalese hitman stranded on the fringes at West Ham. However, many Hammers fans have expressed a hope that SuperSlav can find a way to tame the unruly Sakho and recent statements from David Gold suggest that a return is still possible.
at the centre of the dispute seems to be two things; firstly Sakho feels he should be the lead striker at the club and secondly he wants a pay rise. The first is hardly a big issue as by default it is the case. No disrespect to new lad Jonathan Calleri, but he is unproven at Premiership level where the physicality of the game is too much for many (take Enner Valencia as an example!). As for the wages, the likes of Wilfried Bony will cost 100k or more per week as a short-term replacement.
Another relevant issue is that Bilic has tended to employ Sakho on the left side of the attack rather than in the central striking role from which Sakho set the Premiership alight two seasons ago. A return to that central striking role would provide Sakho with the opportunity he clearly craves to show that he is our number one striker.
With Sakho now a fortnight back into training maybe he can play a part today against Bournemouth - ideally from the bench. Many Hammers fans will be of the view that it's time for SuperSlav to show just how good he is by directing Sakho's energies towards the good of the club.
Slaven's recent call for 'flexibility amongst the squad may well also apply to the management team - let's have some leniency and forgiveness....after all, everybody deserves a second (and seventh) chance!