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Forgotten West Ham United Striker Back In Bilic’s Plans: Can He Make An Impact This Season?

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Abhishek Majumdar
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It seems like compatriots Diafra Sakho and Oumar Niasse, who play for the Premier League sides West Ham United and Everton, have similar kind of fate at the moment.

Both the players, having been tagged as outcasts in their respective sides for quite some time now, have been handed opportunities to come on as substitutes and have shown their critics that they have much more to offer than just sitting on the benches and have pulled their sides out of trouble with winning goals in crucial encounters.

Both the Senegalese strikers, especially Sakho has been much more unlucky than Niasse not to start in a single match so far this season. However, he has proven his worth as the crisis man and scored the only goal in their last match against Swansea City, which was a must-win fixture for them.

This has handed him a lifeline to be back in the plans of the present manager Slaven Bilic and there is a possibility that the player might get a call in the starting eleven as well, just like his national teammate Niasse got in Everton’s last match against Burnley.

Sakho has been a part of the East London club since 2014, featuring in only 62 matches so far for the Hammers. He has never been a huge success for the side so far and has scored only 23 goals throughout his tenure at the London Stadium, pushing him down the pecking order. In fact, after a disappointing campaign in the last term, it was intended that the Senegalese international might leave in the summer transfer window.

However, things are taking a positive turn for the 27-year-old as Slaven Bilic might be looking forward to utilising him on a regular basis in the future in the Premier League. The player might also be handed a few matches in the starting lineup given that the other forwards like Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic are having a real tough time finding the back of the opposition net this season.

The Croatian manager has recently spoken about his future plans regarding his team composition and it looks that Sakho can play a very crucial role in the side. However, he will have to score goals on regular basis to make sure Bilic finds him useful enough to be utilised in the team. This might boost the player to dish out better performances in the future and stabilise his place as the spearhead. So does Sakho have a future at West Ham?

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