West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has provided a disappointing news for his team’s supporters after admitting that summer signing Diafra Sakho is a doubt for the weekend’s match against Stoke City. West Ham will be making the trip to Stoke looking to continue their good run of form, which has seen them win three matches on the bounce. The latest of their victories came against reigning champions Manchester city at Upton Park. Allardyce labelled this is the best performance of West Ham this season, but they would be aware that those three points would be meaningless if they lose against Stoke.
Many feared for West Ham at the start of the season after star striker Andy Carroll was ruled out for several months with a long-term injury. Allardyce was also under immense pressure to deliver attacking and beautiful football. Despite spending a huge sum of money, not many were positive about West Ham’s chances. Sakho was one of the names to come to Upton Park in the summer. Along with Valencia, has set the league on fire. He was one of the scorers against City last weekend, but Allardyce says that the player is struggling with a shoulder injury suffered against City.
West Ham recently got Carroll back from the sidelines, but he is still far away from full fitness. “Sakho is touch and go for Saturday. We will see what he’s like on Friday and make a decision from there. Andy has to go through what for him is the final part of a pre-season after recovery, and ease himself slowly into games. I’ve sensed the joy around the camp and the buzz that hits the day to day work around the team when you’re doing well. I think we’re surprised at how well we’ve hit the level of performance consistently,” said Allardyce.