Carlton Cole is being inspired by West Ham’s summer signings — even though they are keeping him out of the side.
Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have formed an impressive partnership up front for the high-flying Hammers and both scored in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Burnley.
Fellow new boys Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson set up the opening two goals, and Sakho was involved in the third scored by substitute Cole.
The 31-year-old, who is into his ninth season with the club, said: “You always want new players to bed in as soon as possible and these players have just hit the ground running.
“You can’t ask for any more and they’ve really energised the older players as well. Players like myself who are experienced, you just want to get up to the level they’re getting up to. It reminds you you’re not finished yet, you’ve still got a lot to show and give.”
West Ham managed just 40 goals in 38 games last season but are averaging nearly two goals a game so far this campaign.
Sakho has had a lot to do with that, the former Metz man netting at Turf Moor for a sixth successive game.
“If he keeps on going like that, there’s no chance of me getting in,” said Cole.
“As long as I can come on and contribute and try to do the best I can, that’s all I can do at the moment. Any chance I get, I try to do a professional job.”
The victory was enough to lift West Ham to the dizzy heights of fourth place in the Premier League table and give manager Sam Allardyce the perfect 60th birthday present.
“I was saying to the boys I can’t remember being here and at this stage of the season being in a Champions League spot,” said Cole.
“We’re doing really well, we’re not letting it go to our heads, we’re taking each game as it comes and that’s all we need to do really. The players are playing brilliantly and the manager can’t ask much more from us.
“Everything’s going well and we just need to keep it going and see how far we can get.”
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Chalobah 83), Ings (Sordell 83), Jutkiewicz (Barnes 65).
WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Song (Nolan 83), Noble, Amalfitano, Downing, Sakho, Valencia (Cole 59).
Referee: Kevin Friend.