The last few weeks have seen Palace fans fall in love with on-loan Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho but an article published yesterday has suggested that the club may move for a different centre-back in the summer.
To date, Mamadou Sakho has played three top flight games for Sam Allardyce’s Eagles, coming away with three victories and three clean sheets in the process but with the likes of Southampton and Napoli already being linked with a move for the Frenchman over the summer, it looks as though Palace may have to wave goodbye to any realistic hopes of making his stay in SE25 a permanent one.
Obviously, the immediate task at hand for Sakho and his teammates is to keep the club in the Premier League beyond May but the towering central defender will no doubt be giving some thought to his next move, having been told in no uncertain terms that he does not have a long-term future on Merseyside under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. On the face of things, it may seem like an incredibly short-sighted decision from the German but a failed drugs test and rumours of a serious personality clash have left the two at loggerheads with no sign of a resolution.
I dare say you’ll struggle to find a single Palace fan who wouldn’t bite your arm off if you offered them the chance to take Sakho on a permanent basis as things stand but we have to maintain a degree of realism in our transfer planning ahead of what is sure to be a busy summer, prompting the likes of Parish and Allardyce to rightly explore other avenues; not least this potential new recruit from the Jupiler League.
Who knows, Mamadou might have fallen deeply in love with South London since making the switch at the end of January but if not, it’s certainly good to know that there are plenty of other attractive options open to us from across Europe.