'Diafra Sakho is the best all-round striker at West Ham' - Tony Cottee

Diafra Sakho West Ham United October 2014
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With a goal in every 2.33 league games, the ex-Hammer insists that the Senegalese attacker remains the most resourceful forward in Slaven Bilic's team

Former England international Tony Cottee has admitted that Diafra Sakho is the best all-round striker at West Ham.

The 27-year-old holds a record strike rate for the Hammers in their Premier League era with a goal in every 209.76 minutes of topflight football, ahead of the club’s all-time topscorer Paolo Di Canio.

And with his impressive statistics in front of goal, Cottee believes the Senegal international has outstanding qualities that makes him the best option ahead of Andy Carroll and 'best finisher' Javier Hernandez in the frontline.

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"In my opinion Diafra Sakho is the best all-round striker at West Ham," Cottee told club website.

"In Andy Carroll you have a forward who is excellent in the air and in physical duels, and Chicharito is undoubtedly the best finisher at the club but I’ve said before, and I stick by it, that Sakho is the side’s best, all-round striker.

"The lad can do it all. He can run, he can head the ball, he can battle and he is a great finisher. The statistics show his incredible record but you don’t need numbers to see what a good player he is," he concluded.