AC grabbed the second Hammers goal in a 3-3 draw after a barnstorming last five minutes at the weekend but Sam Allardyce is making it clear he has a way to go and that there’s little chance of the Valencia/Sakho partnership being broken up in the forseeable future.
And although the club’s record signing has bee making it clear he will thrive on the competition, one highly placed ‘face’ told ClaretandHugh: “It will be interesting to see how he responds seven of eight games down the line.
“Mauro Zarate – despite making his “I stay” position at the club clear – is unhappy that he’s not getting games even though he has had minor knocks.
“And it will be no different with Andy. He’s been on the sidelines a long time and is desperate to play but it’s not going to happen in the short term.
“Of course injuries and suspensions can kick in which changes everything but if everyone stays fit he’s going to find it tough getting in and then life will be very interesting seeing how he responds.”