West Ham United’s Croatian manager Slaven Bilic has a huge task ahead of him as the team will be competing in the Europa League. Under Slaven Bilic, the London side came out of nowhere last season, and started challenging the ‘Premier League Giants’.
A major transition is expected from within the side and as their vice chairman has stated that club will not hesitate to spend big in the coming transfer season, Bilic has identified many potential targets for the club. Many believes that West Ham are the favourite side to sign the French sensation Alexandre Lacazette and the Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi.
West Ham had a great season under Bilic and the players will be expecting to replicate the same form in the coming season, but Bilic might find it hard without any fresh faces. Many players from the current squad do not have a European experience and to fulfill that, the manager might bring some names. But besides signings, Bilic also has a tough task to look at is current squad as it is reported that some players might make their way out of the Olympic stadium.
One name that is heavily linked with a move away from Hammers is the Senegalese professional Diafra Sakho. Sakho joined the Hammers in the summer of 2014 from the French side Metz and signed a four-year-deal with the club. He had a wonderful season with the Hammers and managed to bag 10 goals and 2 assists in just 23 appearances. He was brought alongside the Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia and both the strikers had a pretty good impact in the following season. Well, West Ham does not have great options besides Valencia, Sakho and Carroll, but with good signings arriving at the club, Sakho might lose his position in the team.
The Senegalese is surely a great striker, but he is finding it difficult to set a strong foot into the team’s staring XI. He made just 21 appearances for the hammers last season and scored some handful of goals. West Ham has been linked with several strikers and it is believed that Bilic will definitely bring a top name in the squad. Besides Lacazette and Batshuayi, the Hammers are also trying their luck on the Columbian international Carlos Bacca, who has been hitting a top form lately. Bacca is a top striker without any doubt and if he arrives at the club, Sakho’s first team action will cut short and his progress might also hinder.
It is reported that the Premier League side Sunderland are showing a strong interest in the Senegalese striker, and to be very honest, if they even make a formal approach, West Ham should not hesitate to let him go. At Sunderland, he will definitely get the first team action he was missing at West Ham and besides that, he might make a positive progress in his career under Sam Allardyce and playing alongside Defoe might prove to be a huge boost for the 26-year-old.
Sakho knows how the tactics work for Sam Allardyce, and therefore, he will surely not struggle to get first team opportunities as the big Sam is also aware of what harm Sakho is capable of delivering.