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One small name – one massive Irons difference


One small name but one that makes a mega difference with the Hammers looking a real force again as a result of his return  – I’d say he puts at least 30 per cent on our game.

But we have no luck at all and now the lad is on the injury list with a hamstring although – and I stress they are very early reports – there are big hopes that he has only a minor problem.

Nobody can be sure until the results of the scan are in but the fact that he didn’t look to be in huge discomfort, didn’t clutch his hamstring and walked well from the pitch gives us hope. We’ll keep you updated.

Before that this was a man back to his best, extraordinary given that he has had just one hour’s football at White Hart Lane last week since last season.

Knowing this guy – with a great burst of speed  – was lurking on the halfway line kept the United defenders honest.

And if he wasn’t spinning and advancing on goal, he was holding the ball up, bringing other players into play and making those decoy runs which drag people out of position and make space for others.

Like Dimi Payet he makes others look better players. I was devastated when I saw him go to ground and have everything crossed we have great news very soon on the guy.

Sakho has absolutely everything in his armoury and regular readers know that I rate him our best front man by a million miles.

AC is apparently a week away but when both are fit Sak is my No 1.

It’s not a contest as far as I’m concerned and  neither Slaven Bilic or the board must ever think of allowing the guy to leave the club if there is anyway at all he can be kept.

Such thinking is total madness!




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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

5 comments on “One small name – one massive Irons difference

  1. Totally agree with you. I can understand why he was hurt when we wanted to get a new striker in, but I can understand with all his stroppiness why we wanted a new striker. Even with a new striker even a top name coming in Sakho would still be a main feature in our starting eleven. He makes space for our attacking midfielders to run into and if the defenders are not following Sak’s then that 3 can find him in the channels. He is a great team player and we are lucky to have him (well the new non stroppy Sakho anyway).
    Onwards and upwards you Irons.

  2. I agree Hugh, but we will see in time wether his emotional state is now repaired or if he holds a grudge. I can’t see him moving in the Janruary window, but he could easily go by his own choice in the summer.
    Meanwhile he is unfit already and we have no reliable striker to go to Old Trafford with. I can only see taking a chance with Ashley Fletcher against his old club. After all it’s only a cup game.

  3. He is our best at the moment but he will not score 25 goals a season and if we really want to make it we have to find someone that can, watched Austin again yesterday what a striker he is, DS screwed up there at £4m an absolute steal even if we had paid the 15M he would have been worth it.

    • I agree 32.Bubs was always going about the players in the EPL or Championship we should be looking at, but we wasted time and money looking overseas.D.S wouldn’t touch Austin because of a failed medical but didn’t Sahko fail one at WBA also? There was also the African striker (name escapes me) we had for one year before we went down, that failed a medical and went on to play for Chelsea.Anyway we a rb more than a star striker.

  4. Biggest cock up , of many , was the way Sacko was handled by the club . Our best striker by miles but Sullivan and co openly taunted him with stories of unproven strikers being chased for silly money with crazy wages . He was paid peanuts but was our best striker . Now he is struggling to get fit because he missed the “hard miles ” training at start of season . No doubt the crap will start leaking from the Boardroom via a kid with a little inside knowledge any time now as the window approaches .

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