Bakary Sako became Crystal Palace’s fifth signing of the summer yesterday, joining the club on a free transfer after leaving Wolves earlier this summer.
The winger will go straight into contention for a place in Alan Pardew’s side against Norwich this weekend, having kept himself fit throughout pre-season by embarking on his own personal training plan. Despite apparent interest in the wide man from West Brom, it looks as though the Mali international plumped for a move to Palace because of the attacking football we played under Pardew last term, which is great to see.
Whilst many have wondered if Sako has arrived to act as a direct replacement for Yannick Bolasie amid interest in him from across the Premier League, it looks as if the former Wolves man has simply been added to the squad to provide a degree of strength in depth to our wide options ahead of the new season. Although both Bolasie and Zaha will likely remain our first-choice wingers, Sako brings a real goal threat, which for any side, is a welcome bonus.
There will be plenty more reaction to Bakary’s arrival over the next day or so as we continue to build up to the start of the new season.