Thursday, August 21

Sakho in the morning

While I was climbing up Ben Nevis (not easy after training on egg, chips and beans in Ken’s Café and Maldon Gold in the Black Lion) West Ham signed striker Diafra Sakho from Metz. The Senegal striker has banged in 43 goals in two seasons for Metz as they achieved successive promotions to Ligue 1. He’s unproven at the top level but clearly has an eye for goal. After last season’s travails we’re clearly stockpiling strikers, with Valencia, Zarate and Sakho filling the Carroll-shaped void and Cole, Maiga and Vaz Te possibly awaiting deadline day loan deals out. 

Also saw an interview with the £7million Cheikhou Kouyate in Saturday’s Guardian where he came across as quite a grounded footballer who has won the Belgian league four times. Defeat on Saturday was disappointing, but it’s still too early to judge until we have all our new signings on the pitch. With Cresswell, Jenkinson, Kouyate, Poyet, Zarate, Valencia and Sakho in the squad it’s going to be like a different team. Got my ticket for Palace and hoping it's better than last year when we lost 1-0 and sat on dodgy wooden seats with a minuscule exit and a halftime crush...

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