According to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho was forced to take his place on the substitutes’ bench in the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, but Irons fans are still divided on the 27-year-old’s future.
The Daily Mail says that the Senegal international was expecting to start having been named in the XI in the previous rounds, but a discussion with manager David Moyes about bonuses and why he hadn’t been starting in the Premier League meant that he was relegated to the bench against the Gunners.
However, the centre-forward, who has scored four goals this term, then said he didn’t want to play but was eventually persuaded to stay and take his place in the 18, and he came on as a 65th minute substitute in the loss.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on Sakho via social media, and they are largely divided about what the future should hold for the striker.
While one said it’s “time to get rid” of him in January, another said “just double his wages and he can be a top striker”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I wish sakho would keep his mouth shut
— Louie Wansell WHU (@LouieWansell82) December 20, 2017
Sell Carroll Sakho buy 2 strikers Wilshere shelvey carvalho
— Jack (@jackwhufc18) December 20, 2017
January coming. Time to get rid.
— j_fordy (@js_fordy) December 20, 2017
Sakho is so bad. https://t.co/Qhb7aFfbpZ
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) December 19, 2017
UH OH Here We go again, can't really understand why he's not starting, better than Ayew and knows how to cause problems
— Ian (@IanGravett) December 20, 2017
Personally don’t get the hate for Sakho. Wants to start. Wants to earn his bonuses. Isn’t that why we all go to work?! If I got £50k for starting I’d be screaming at Moyes too.
— Ash (@Brushheaaad) December 20, 2017
Sakho, for me, looks sharper and more hungry. Hernandez is a bit of a prima donna he still hasn't proved himself in the team, yet. ⚒
— David Gotts ⚒ (@gottzi1) December 20, 2017
Sakho has played 453 minutes scored 4 and assisted one. Just double his wages and he can be a top striker.
— WestHam Chica (@WesthamChica) December 20, 2017
I actually feel for Sakho the guy had a problem with Bilic, Bilic has gone, Sakho scores goals and puts effort in and gets hardly any game time
— Big Bad Dom (@UniQuina) December 19, 2017