In Focus: New West Ham contract for Sakho makes sense because of his impact

According to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has been told that he will get a new contract if he continues to perform despite trying to force a move away from the club just six weeks ago.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that despite the Senegal international coming close to exiting the club during the summer transfer window after undergoing a medical with Rennes without the Irons’ permission, he could be in line to now extend his stay at the London Stadium with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has hit form for club and country over the course of the last few weeks, and his last-gasp goal in the 1-0 win against Swansea City last time out may have kept the under-fire Slaven Bilic in a job following a disappointing start to the campaign

The Daily Mail adds that the east London outfit have been impressed with the centre-forward’s professionalism since the window slammed shut, and an unlikely turnaround seems to be on the cards.

How has Sakho done this season?

While he is yet to start for West Ham in the Premier League this season as he faces huge competition for the striker’s spot from Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll, Sakho has come on as a substitute in six of the seven top flight matches and his goal against Swansea was hugely important and lifted a bit of the pressure that has been building on Bilic’s shoulders.

As well as that, the 27-year-old also scored for Senegal in their 2-0 win against Cape Verde during the international break to leave the African country in a good position to secure their spot in Russia next summer.

Does he deserve the new deal?

West Ham supporters would perhaps say no considering what the striker did during the summer and the fact that he has missed 40 games since the start of last season through injury, according to Transfermarkt.

However, he does seem to have a knack of being in the right place at the right time and making a difference when he is on the pitch, and for that reason alone perhaps he is worth being kept on for a side that has often struggled to find a spark in the final third in recent seasons.