Diafra Sakho has hit the ground running in the Premier League to say the least – but it isn’t just beginners luck.
The 24-year-old has scored in every Premier League match in which he has started – a feat unmatched by any player in England’s professional divisions. Quite a record to have.
We all know that some players seemingly have the knack of being in the right place at the right time, and those players are some of the greats in the history of the Premier League (i.e. Ruud van Nistelrooy). The Dutchman was lethal for PSV before he made his move to Manchester United in the Premier League and he managed to continue in that form through his time at Old Trafford and beyond at Real Madrid. Diafra Sakho had no such lethal prowess to carry with him into the Premier League and although his most recent season was a successful one for the Senegalese international, it was in the French 2nd division – not considered as a true test of a player’s ability ahead of a Premier League move.
After he scored his first few goals in the Premier League there was understandable a case that he may have been a bit fortunate, and his goal against Hull City was certainly just that, however when you’ve scored six in six appearances for your new side, surely it’s no fluke?
‘Big Sam’ made a good point following his fifth consecutive Premier League goal, when he suggested that Sakho was experiencing such an easy ride in the Premier League due to the fact that he has so far been underrated by the opposing teams. Professional clubs at the top level of football will spend the majority of their week analysing the approaching opposition, however it’s no surprise that a previously untested Senegalese striker from the French second division may go unnoticed. The West Ham manager also suggested that times will get tougher for Sakho when teams realise they have a prolific Premier League goalscorer on their hands. Only time will tell.
One thing is for sure, Sakho is excelling at West Ham and is in the form of his life. Sometimes signings like this happen – not very often but they do occur. He’s come out of nowhere to light up the Premier League and there’s no fluke to be found. There’s more goals to come from Diafra, and although he won’t continue to score every time he starts, it’s been a truly wonderful run that West Ham fans don’t get to appreciate very often. Teams will look to make it tougher for Sakho in the coming weeks, but clubs try to stop the best strikers every week and rarely manage to do so. It’s impossible to predict the future in football, and we’ll see how he does.