|Happier times during the Noble testimonial|
Yesterday's encounter with Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium highlighted West Ham's current plight - despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, they looked toothless up front and were fortunate to grab a late winner.
Even more disappointing was the late miss by the new big attacking hope in Jonathan Calleri who fluffed a wonderful opportunity when one on one with the keeper in a late breakaway. Enner Valencia was his usual unimposing self, while Ashley Fletcher is still in the developing bracket.
In truth, despite all the efforts to bolster our attack during the Summer we are now worse off than last year! All the while there is a very decent solution (in terms of footballing ability at least!) within the ranks in Diafra Sakho.
The Senegalese hit man set the Premiership alight with six goals in consecutive games when he first arrived but has stuttered since, mainly due to injury. His frustration has boiled over into some petulant behaviour towards the end of last season and also during the preseason but few would deny that he has the edge that West Ham need up front. While not quite a 20-goal a season striker, Sakho has amassed 19 goals in 49 appearances for the club - many as a late substitute or as a left sided attacker rather than central striker.
It remains unclear whether he has rejoined the first team squad but recent tweets from David Gold suggest that the door is open. Should we usher him in? What do you think? Why not let us know in our poll above (right)?