His electrifying start to life in England meant that it was only a matter of time before the Premier League wolves began howling for West Ham’s Diafra Sakho.
The former Metz man has been running amok since his cross-channel move, treating top-tier defences with even more disdain than the Ligue 2 equivalents he terrorised last term.
After scoring 20 goals in two consecutive campaigns in France, the Senegalese sharpshooter has fired eight times in ten appearances for the Hammers, including once in his last outing against Swansea.
Having hit both posts in the game as well, his total could conceivably be even more impressive, though Sam Allardyce and co will have no gripes with his current haul.
It’s not just the Irons’ boss who has been impressed by Sakho’s strike rate though, Liverpool tactician Brendan Rodgers is also reportedly keen on him.
Widespread sources note that the Ulsterman is fed up with Mario Balotelli’s shenanigans and will look to replace him, with Sakho, Sadio Berahino and Jackson Martinez his primary targets.
The odds gurus at bwin are far from assured that he’ll be plying his trade in east London come the end of next summer’s transfer window, going 4/6 that he’s a West Ham player after 2nd September 2015.
But the 24-year-old would be mental to bin the Boleyn Ground in favour of the bright lights of Liverpool, as these factors will attest.
Stars to shine in the lower echelons tend to super nova at Anfield.
Teammates Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing are the perfect cases in point to warn Sakho off a move to the Merseysiders, or any other elite club for that matter.
Both tore it up for lesser-lauded Premier League sides, yet were unable to replicate their form in the fat cats’ yard.
Reduced access to the first team will have a negative impact on his goal yield.
As the pair alluded to above discovered, if the goods are not produced instantly and on a regular basis thereafter, the big guns will find you a place on the bench and the media will take great pleasure in telling everyone how useless you are.
At Upton Park there isn’t the same pressure to deliver, nor is there the vast amount of competition vying to take his place in the side.
Opponents view West Ham differently to Hollywood adversaries.
It can be argued that Sakho is afforded the space to get the goals he does on account of foes not regarding the Hammers to be as threatening as a team like Liverpool, for instance.
Playing against outfits with greater intent to defend would mean less access to the ball in the box, potentially hampering his goal output.