Thursday 17 November 2016

Bilic signals the return of Sakho for crunch derby

This weekend sees the mighty West Ham make the short trip to visit 'little' Tottenham Hotspurs at No Heart Lane. Many predict that the East London giants will find the atmosphere in such a tiny ground intimidating and may underperform.

Given that the average attendance so far this season at Spurs home games is a paltry 31,400, the Hammers may find the little stadium suffocating as they have become used to playing in front of an average of 57,000 fans at the Olympic stadium - making them the third most watched club in the league!

Tottenham have been playing cute all week pretending that half their squad will be unavailable for selection, but as the big game draws nearer suddenly all sorts of miraculous recoveries have been announced. Meanwhile, West Ham may be ready to finally welcome back Diafra Sakho. The Senegalese hitman's abrasive and penetrating style has been sorely missed by the Hammers who have yet to see a goal scored by any of their recognised forwards this season!

Sakho's days at West Ham looked over after the Summer when he refused to travel with the team on their preseason trip to the US but then failed a medical at West Brom and found himself in the wilderness. Luckily, David Gold has remained supportive to Sakho through all of his difficulties and issued an upbeat message about Sakho's return earlier this week.

Perhaps even more reassuring were Slaven Bilic's positive remarks about Sakho's abilities in his Prematch press conference where he highlighted his capacity to create space and opportunities for the team - something that has been sadly lacking so far this season leaving Bilic's men just one place above the drop zone.

Bilic went on to explain how he expected it to take a few games for Sakho to get  back his match sharpness but Hammers fans will be hoping his new start will be as explosive as his arrival three years ago when he scored six goals in his first six appearances!



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