SAKHO AND BILIC IN A ROW AT WEST HAM
West Ham striker, Diafra Sakho puts his club footballing career in doubt as he pulled out of the final squad that played against Arsenal.
The player is reported to have had a row with manager Slaven Bilic.
The row started when Bilic picked fellow striker, Andy Carroll, ahead of him for the clash against The Gunners.
Carroll went on to score a hat trick for that helped The Hammers achieve an incredible comeback during the encounter. Arsenal went ahead twice but the aerial strength of the striker helped salvage a point for the team. The England International found the net twice in two minutes to cancel out Arsenal’s lead before both teams went on the break. After the break they had a goal apiece.
The Sun report that the striker withdrew from the match due to the row with the coach but Bilic said Sakho was absent due to an injury he picked up. Sakho is reported to be likely absent in the sixth round replay against Manchester United on Wednesday. It is also reported that his row could lead to Sakho losing his place in the squad this summer.
Sakho started with this club in 2014 and has scored 18 goals in 45 appearances despite struggling with injury. The Senegalese’s transfer deal cost west ham £4.6m in a deal with Metz.
Sakho is also reported to be mad at the pay rise of recent Hammers signing, Dimitri Payet. Payet has seen his wages increase by £50,000 per week, just six months after joining the club.
The 26-year old forward with four goals this season in 16 appearances wants the coach to guarantee him first-team football despite Carroll’s return to form. The striker was prolific for FC Metz where he scored 28 goals in 91 matches for the club but injury worries especially hamstring injuries have derailed his performance this season.