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Bilic to support Sakho


slaven-bilic-diafra-sakho-west-ham_3343834I fully expect Slaven Bilic to support Diafra Sakho in his  press conference this morning ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup replay against Manchester United.

Sakho has made the paper headlines in the last few days since he left training with an alleged knock on Friday. He didn’t stay with the team on Friday evening and missed attending the London Derby on Saturday lunchtime against Arsenal. The media have suggested he threw his toys out of his pram when he found our he was not in Bilic’s plans for Saturday and told medical staff he felt pain in his knee.

Journalists will be hungry for the truth at 10am today and you can guarantee it will be the first question asked. Bilic will almost definitely dismiss a rift between the two and take Sakho at his word that the social outburst was not aimed at West Ham or himself.

Sakho’s agent also wants to play down the story and he contacted Sky Sports yesterday to make it clear Sakho is happy at West Ham.

Sky reported the message – posted on the social media platform Snapchat – was a private matter and not aimed at Bilic or West Ham in any way whatsoever. They also made it clear  reports that he is frustrated at West Ham are wide of the mark and talk of a new deal is premature, with Sakho signing an improved contract at West Ham within the last 18 months.

Yesterday, ClaretandHugh revealed challenges has in Sakho’s private life with his daughter living in France and a new born daughter, Sadio Sakho born days ago to his former girlfriend Mya Hassan.

I believe Slav will show his support by playing down the incident on Friday by insisting the player is carrying a small knock and there is no ill feeling between them. Hopefully this case will be closed until the summer.

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  • Max Willow says:

    The news concerning Diafra Sakho, appears to be hopeful, for all concerned!
    Do not be surprised to see our astute Slav Bilic, working behind the eager eyes of the media, help sort out some of Sakho’s personal issues. It is just in Slav’s personal ethos, that he will do everything in his power to assist him.
    Despite Andy Carroll’s wonderful effort against Arsenal, last week, i think that Sakho remains our number one striker.
    On the basis of this article, I remain optimistic that Diafra will remain in the Claret & Blue colous for many years to come.

  • Ironworker says:

    Do not Sack Sacko , he is far too good , all players go through some turbulence during their career I just hope that they patch this over and move on , I for one would hate to see him go , he is too good not to get back in to the main side , Carroll has yet to prove he can last a season trouble free, and Valencia needs to find his goal scoring touch so a new striker coming into the side should shake things up nicely !! –
    Note many remember the Cottee / Mc Avennie era but do the remember Mark Ward in those seasons who also was on fire and scored almost every game he played and was only kept out by the outstanding Mac & Cottee show !!

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