Sakho targeting more success

Diafra Sakho is determined to keep on improving after making a dream start to his West Ham United career.

The 24-year-old was playing in the French third tier just two years ago with FC Metz, but following back-to-back promotions and a move to the Hammers, he has hit the ground running in the Barclays Premier League with four goals in as many starts.

Sakho always backed himself to shine at his new Club, but even he has been taken slightly aback at the pace at which he has adapted.

He explained: "From the moment I arrived I set myself targets. Personally, that was to get in the team. I knew that I was going to score goals, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly.

"I came from Ligue 2 and I was voted Player of the Year and on coming here people [there] told me that I wasn't up to playing in the Premier League. That motivated me to want to come here and to prove to everyone, that even having come from Ligue 2, I can still compete in the Premier League.

"Honestly, it's not been difficult [to settle in] and, when I arrived, I already felt good - even before having played. It already felt good in London. Now, that's also partly because of how well I've begun on the pitch."

Part of Sakho's bright start has been the swift partnership he has struck up with Enner Valencia, and he believes each other's game is well suited.

He continued: "I train with Enner just as I train with everyone else. We're trying to be in sync with one another. 

"Enner is a much more technical player than I am, Me, I'm better suited to individual battles, to breaking the lines and getting defenders running back toward their own goal. Enner is more someone who likes to be in possession of the football. And so we complement one another.

"It's far too early to say what heights we can reach as a team. We know that the club targets are already set, but in relation to us as players in the here and now, it's to be among the top ten. If we can do better, then better still for us and for everyone. We've got a lot of quality, individual and collectively and so we've got to put it in to progress and to aim high."