Let’s give Sakho a last chance

diafra-sakho-west-hamThere’s been what I reckon is an unfair tendency to stick Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho in the same basket over the last 12 months or so.

Ok, regular readers know I’m a huge fan of Sakho and the thought of the boy teaming up alongside Chicharito – given they both love to work defences with rapid movement is a magic prospect.

We have always been at our best when Sak is 100 per cent fit and with a strike partner such as Hernandez the boy has everything to get fit for and dream about.

Yet there are a section of fans who would dump him now claiming him and Carroll have let the club down with their constant absences.

Let’s remember the difference first though! He has had a serious back injury created by some clumsy physios while he was on international duty.

He initially refused to have surgery, has had it since and all the claims are he is bigger, stronger and fitter than he has ever been.

Yes, we’ve heard it before but given the numerous chances Carroll has been given on foot, angle, groin, thigh and God knows what else, Sak deserves one last chance to prove himself and that’s why there is seemingly no rush to bring in another striker.

Much has been made of his attitude and there’s not much to be done about that until he returns and we see where he’s at. Good managers manage difficult individuals and there have been many of them down the years.

If we have a fit and firing Sak this season he and Hernandez will cause havoc to any defence and should he become – err shall we say “difficult” – it’s Slav’s job to sort him.

I’m giving him one more chance and I hope the majority of fans will. Carroll? Just four words: I’ve written him off!



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28 comments on “Let’s give Sakho a last chance

  1. I’ll give Sacko benefit of the doubt as he was part of the team that finally gave me a smile after 25+ years of going to Anfield and finally seeing us win πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ As for the brittle boned porcelain princess prima Donna a better 4 words would be ” Useless sack of ****e” πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

  2. He misses MORE games than Carroll

    and unlike Carroll has in the past refused to wear the shirt

    it’s Carroll being done a disservice by lumping the two together

    • You’re off you’re chump mate ? I can see the shrine now , a porcelain doll surrounded by bearded ladies chanting thank Christ for Witherspoon’s happy hour πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • Laz the giant alarm that sounds across cyberspace when a bad word is muttered about the long haired Demi god has just gone off πŸ˜† His minions will leave there pot noodles, football manager games and watching reruns of his bicycle kick to protect his honour like a pack of wino’s fighting over a kebabπŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    • Thought I’d covered that Bear

  3. Sakho will pick up injurys , its part and parcel , hes fearless the bloke , I’ll give him as many chances as possible because on that pitch he gives his all every time he puts the shirt on .
    Crack on my son and prove all the bearded ladies wrong πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

  4. Do any professional footballers actually enjoy being injured? Do you think that they would rather be having operations, visiting the physio on a daily basis and training on their own instead of playing football with their mates in the Premier League?
    Andy Carroll has had a terrible time with injuries and the fans are hugely frustrated because we all know what a threat the bloke is when he plays. It may be that he ends up retiring prematurely through injury, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t be his choice so what I’m saying is ffs cut the bloke a bit of slack and stop demonstrating your ignorance.

    • Cut him some slack? He doesn’t look to despondent on his holiday snaps or his jaunt around Ibiza does he? Don’t see him returning to training early like Obiang / Antonio or even Noble to get himself fit 😑The blokes mugging the club off nothing more.

    • So its not ignorant to say someone who posts is ignorant doll lover eh ! Wake up and smell the coffee doll man , better still get a sense of humour to boot, its D Day lads , they’re coming ashore πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. Absolute trash journalism. To disrespect and abuse a player who has chosen to play for our club and is always eager to come on and show his worth, and more often than not reminds us why we bought him in the first place. Yes he has been unlucky with injuries but its not as though he’s intentionally trying to annoy fans. If anything it’s far more irritating for him. Yet sakho who lets face it had a good season or two and then started kicking off and causing trouble, went to go to west brom and FAILED a medical (how often does that happen) missed all but about one game last season, becoming injured immediately after going through surgery and training and being ‘better and stronger than ever’, and suddenly he’s the new golden boy.

    Sakho has all of my support and obviously I hope he comes back from injury and kills it, but my point is that I am sick of all this biased abuse towards who up until last year had been our record signing. Yes I know he’s caused some stirs by his lifestyle, but to be honest, if I had recurring injuries and was unable to do much physical exercise, I’d probably feel **** and want to try and enjoy myself too.

    Quality of this website has declined rapidly over the past year and a half or so, I have only really used it to look at the latest transfer rumours, but can happily say now that I am done and will not be returning.

  6. When put like that then no they dont hammersmiff.
    Then theres Carroll and if you honestly believe he gives a stuff you are showing your ignorance.My heart bleeds for him training on his own in the bars of Hawaii and Magaluf.
    Open your eyes man!!

  7. My view is he is just another one of our players ( to be supported like the rest ). If he makes a success of this season then all well and good, if not his contract runs out next summer. Both he and Carroll have more competition to contend with now, so lets see what happens.

  8. See what you’ve done Hugh πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ the beat sakho and save the doll 😍 society have invaded the site πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ringing international rescue immediately πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  9. I’d give John Radford another chance if he put a shift in and did what’s expected of a striker and scored goals. The same goes for Sakho and Carroll, if they get fit and get on the pitch there won’t be anyone in claret and blue that won’t be rooting for them. What I like about this season coming is we have options and that means the blogs can stop stressing about it. We will still bring in another quality you’ll see and then I’ll just view Sakho and Carroll as one striker.

  10. Yes lets all agree that Carroll is the ultimate professional.Allardyce and Bilic were both wrong when questioning his desire and application.They know nothing compared to the ITK fans.Give me strength or a whiskey please!

    • Gaz the way some talk about him you’d think we’ve got a world class striker who’d scored 30 goals a season for the last 5 years not a injury prone 2nd rate version of Duncan Ferguson who’s scored a grand total of 50 in 5 years πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    • Gaz , carrolls on his way round with the ice pack πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. I agree. He had one very serious issue. If he can recover he could come good. I have concerns about his attitude too but let’s give him a go.
    Carroll on the other hand has a series of unrelated issues. Do I recall one of his returns being delayed due to an injury incurred while tieing his shoe laces? I won’t boo Carroll if he plays for us but six games getting match fit two games on fire and the rest of the time injured means he cannot be relied on. And yes, it does “distress” me to hear that he has been out on all nighters.

  12. Ok Doug, AC likes a beer and a good time, he’s hardly the first PL player to fit that mould. However, I genuinely do think he gives a stuff about not playing, he certainly looks like he gives a stuff when he does play. My point really is about his injuries, whether he’s a drinker or teetotal, surely he wouldn’t choose the sort of injury record he’s built up?
    Doubt if you saw him in Magaluf mate, used to be a great place but unrecognisable now, the place is virtually closed down.

  13. I’d get rid of the pair of them – they’ve both had more than enough chances!

  14. End of the day it is true Sak The Bak isnt much better than Shandy Barrell for mising games but i still dont believe for one minute Shandy does all he can to get himself fit as quick as he can.Just my opinion before Pony Tail Ninjas steam in to me 😁

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