West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are building up to their side’s Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham at Wembley this evening, although the doubts from Friday’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton still remain firmly on their minds.
Slaven Bilic’s men were simply outplayed by the Seagulls at the London Stadium last week to fall to a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign, with a brace from Glenn Murray and a fine Jose Izquierdo strike sealing a huge win for Chris Hughton’s side, and piling the pressure further on Hammers chief Bilic. However, the Croat remains in charge and will lead the side to Wembley on Wednesday to visit Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, with the East London outfit seeking to progress to the quarter-finals for the second successive season.
Thus, many of our resident West Ham fans are looking forward to this evening’s encounter despite their club’s testing start to the season, and they are also likely to be intrigued by some recent comments from striker Diafra Sakho (via French journalist Claude Atcheba) regarding his future at the London Stadium.
The 27-year-old made the move to East London back in 2014 and has since gone on to score 23 goals in 63 matches for the Hammers, the latest proving to be the winner in their 1-0 success over Swansea City last month.
However, the Senegal international has yet to start a Premier League game under Bilic this term and looked set to leave West Ham during the summer as he made the journey to French side Rennes for a medical on deadline day, only for a deal to fail to come to fruition for one reason or another.
Nonetheless, Sakho has recently spoken out about his failed move and what the future holds for him, in which he has made clear his intentions to leave West Ham.
He said: ‘I still want to leave. I don’t hide it. Fans or not, I want a change of environment. I want to see something else.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue several of our resident Hammers supporters, who may well see Sakho line up for their club at Wembley this evening given that he has started, and indeed scored in, their previous two Carabao Cup clashes.
Landlord’s verdict: It looked for all the world that Diafra Sakho would leave West Ham on deadline day, only for a move to fail to come together for one reason or another.
Yet the 27-year-old has returned to the London Stadium and is still yearning for a move away from the club, with no Premier League starts so far this season likely to have something to do with his decision.
But given that the Hammers are struggling for goals, and Sakho did indeed bail them out with the winner against Swansea City last week, it’s questionable whether they would let him leave in January, with finding a suitable replacement likely to have a significant bearing on whether the Senegal international gets his wish in the New Year.
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