Crystal Palace completed the six-month loan signing of Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho late last night, prompting the internet to react in predictably hysterical fashion.
In the hours that immediately followed the official announcement of Sakho’s short-term move to SE25, we saw numerous posts across social media alluding to the French international’s infamous personality. It seems the big man has made a habit of making others laugh over the years, as shown perfectly by the video attached above.
Whether it’s terrorising PSG star Blaise Matuidi when bumping into him on his moped, poking fun at Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp whilst the German is being interviewed by the club’s official TV channel or impersonating Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story fame, our newest recruit appears happy to raise a smile or whenever he can; a trait that should go down extremely well with everyone at Selhurst Park.
It’s been a while since we had a talented yet unhinged player on our books and to be quite honest, I’ve missed the presence of that sort of character in the group. Already known to Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, Steve Mandanda and Pape Souare, the towering central defender will seemingly slot well into South London life, going straight into contention for a starting place ahead of the visit of David Moyes’ Sunderland side on Saturday afternoon.
Still just 26, (two years younger than me, how is that possible?! Look at the bloke!) talk of Mamadou being a loose cannon can be written off as something of a myth when looking at his career to date.
201 appearances for PSG, winning all four of the domestic trophies on offer whilst also becoming the youngest ever player to captain the side suggests that Sakho is in fact a hugely talented footballer; a statement which can be backed up by his 28 full caps for the French national team. Put quite simply, you don’t amass such honours by accident.
Yes, he’s wages are rather large and he has seemingly fallen out with Klopp of late but on the face of things, we’ve got ourselves one hell of a defender. His regular displays of madness are simply a welcome bonus associated with bringing him into the fold.