Diafra Sakho, Graziano Pelle and A Warning From the Premier League Half-Season Wonders

There are few things in the Premier League quite as bewildering as the half-season wonder. The footballer who takes no time to adjust or acclimatise to the hustle and bustle of English football, hits the ground running before hitting the wall some six months later.

Starting well is no guarantee for a continuous upward curve in performance levels, and for some it creates an unrealistic expectation that becomes impossible to maintain. Yet still it boggles that the same footballer can go from scoring from any angle with any given part of his anatomy, to horrendous miscontrols and astonishing misses when the initial bounce of playing in a new league deserts him.

This spectacular fall from gracehas afflicted its fair share of Premier League players over the years, yet it has always felt more dramatic and pronounced when it has befallen strikers. This season Diafra Sakho and Graziano Pelle are experiencing that unquantifiable initial bounce in form, and already it is leading to unrealistic expectations about how many goals they will score come May and the years ahead.

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