He’s In Serie A Now But Ex-Arsenal Man Was Desperate To Join Palace

0 Posted by - February 22, 2018 - News

He may be 35 but former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna had been holding out hope of signing a deal with Crystal Palace shortly before putting pen to paper on a six-month deal with Serie A strugglers Benevento in February.

Having become a household name in English football following extremely successful stints with both the Gunners and Manchester City, Sagna has been speaking to French sporting newspaper L’Equipe about his recent desire to return “home” to London at either Palace or West Ham United.

According to the man himself, both clubs had been negotiating with him ahead of a possible move but after both lines of communication went dead, he was forced to readjust his sights and plump for a deal with Italian outfit Benevento instead.

Whilst the right-back has undoubtedly got a great deal of pedigree and experience, his ageing legs, coupled with the pace of the Premier League probably left just a tad too much doubt in Roy Hodgson’s mind when weighing up whether or not to offer him a contract at Selhurst Park.

Admittedly, strength in depth is always something to look for when plotting a path through what is an extremely draining league campaign but the return of Joel Ward from injury, not to mention the continued presence of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, probably left Roy and his coaching staff feeling as though other areas of the squad were in more drastic need of attention.

With an already bloated wage-bill and issues across the squad in relation to injuries, the last thing we would need is another player on decent money who is struggling to make the grade for the first-team. I can’t say for sure but from everything that was said in the final few months of his time on City’s books, Bacary’s ship has now sailed in relation to regular appearances in the top tier.

Do you see it as a bullet dodged or would you like to have seen the Frenchman given another crack in the Premier League?

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2 Comments

  • t.carter February 22, 2018 - 8:20 am Reply

    i think as usual hoppo your analise is spot on.bacary,is past his best.and yet again i trust roy,s judgement.i feel roy,s ability is the only thing holding palace together.for me he has only made 2 mistake,s,since he,s been here.playing fosu-mensa at half at everton,he was useless.and the continuation of playing benteke,who contributes so little.the chance,s that man has missed this season,if taken we would be up there with burnley.same arguement if we go down.

    • admin February 22, 2018 - 8:21 am Reply

      I’d love to see Sørloth starting in Benteke’s place against Spurs.

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