With the first two months of the Premier League season passed, who is looking like the bargain of the season?
The 24-year-old signed from French Ligue 2 side FC Metz for an undisclosed fee which was rumoured to be around £2million. Sakho actually had a relatively average record for Metz, considering they were in Ligue 2, but Sam Allardyce didn’t hesitate to sign Diafra on a long term deal for the next four years.
Sakho’s record was average with Metz with a record of 44 league goals in 114 appearances. However his record would have been poor, had he not of had a fantastic final season with the French club where he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances to help Metz to the Ligue 2 title. That excellent season led him to be awarded with the Ligue 2 Player of the Year and probably played a large part in earning a move to England.
Diafra has got off to a flyer at West Ham and he’s seemingly loving life in the Premier League – it’s easy isn’t it?!
The Senegalese international has started four games in all competitions for The Hammers and he has scored one goal in each of them, including against Liverpool and Man United. With those goalscoring performances he has broken a West Ham record which has been standing for 26 years for scoring in consecutive starts for West Ham – Leroy Rosenior scored in his first three starts for West Ham and Sakho has surpassed that.
But who is Diafra Sakho competing against for the early season ‘Bargain of the Season’?
Leonardo Ulloa – Leicester
An £8m transfer fee is rarely considered a bargain, especially compared to an estimated £2m for Sakho, but with the 28-year-old having scored five goals in his opening six Premier League fixtures, he is looking like a good signing nonetheless. Perhaps too old and expensive to be considered ‘Bargain of the Season’.
Frank Lampard – Man City
It still feels weird writing about Lampard the City player but he is and he is relishing it. After scoring against his former side he netted twice in the Capital One Cup just a few days later. As he is on loan he is only costing Manchester City his wages, quite a bargain for a proven Premier League scorer who certainly hasn’t ‘lost’ it. The fact that his future lies elsewhere after the loan is a negative but at his age City won’t be too bothered, especially as he’s only moving to their MLS franchise.
Graziano Pelle – Southampton
Again, another £8m signing, and again older than Diafra Sakho, but a real threat in front of goal. In his last four Premier League appearances (admittedly against average opposition), Pelle has scored four and also assisted one. He has really hit form and has the ability to score wonderfully tricky goals with a clinical finishing ability for the easier chances. Hard to call a 29-year-old worth £8m a bargain, but he’s certainly effective.
Mame Biram Diouf – Stoke City
Ex-Man United Diouf experienced a tough time after arriving at Old Trafford and has been around the block since. He had a good spell with Hannover 96 in Germany and looked to have found his goalscoring form. However his contract with the German club wasn’t renewed and Stoke City snapped up the Senegalese international on a free transfer. Diouf scored a wonder-goal against Man City to take all 3 points, and scored his second for the club against QPR. A decent start for the free transfer who is yet to enter the prime of his career – time will tell if he will be a bargain or not, but he looks promising.
Eric Dier – Tottenham
Spurs had to go to Portugal to sign the young Englishman and managed to get him for just £4m. He got off to a flyer scoring a winner on his debut against West Ham, and he made it 2-in-2 against QPR. The 20 year old has already been selected for the England Under-21 squad and to sign an English player so young for just £4m has to be a bargain, especially with the talent Dier is showing.
Of course in the early stages of the season it is largely speculation as to who will be the ‘Bargain of the Season’ come what May, but as it stands the £2m signing of Diafra Sakho would be my choice. With a 100% starts to goal ratio, he’s looking like a real shrewd capture. I’m also a fan of Tottenham’s signing of Dier who depending on if Spurs can sure up their defence may well be the ‘Bargain of the Season’.
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