Sakho Was Too “Scared” To Face Tottenham & It Worries Me Hugely

1 Posted by - February 26, 2018 - News

Mamadou Sakho played no part in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham, having told manager Roy Hodgson that he didn’t feel capable of playing an active role given his continued concerns regarding his calf.

The Frenchman missed out on our game against Everton more than two weeks ago with the same complaint and despite medical staff completing a thorough scan and giving Mama the all clear to play, it seems the former Liverpool man is simply not in the right frame of mind to take part.

Following the injury Martin Kelly picked up against Newcastle, Roy Hodgson brought Sakho off the bench in the 47th minute and saw him perform well but obviously, in the days that followed, the man himself began to feel a twinge or two and has subsequently forced the management staff to omit him from the match-day squad ever since. Whilst I’m not keen to have too much of a dig at him, I am left hoping that he takes a more positive attitude towards training in the days between now and our clash with Manchester United in a week’s time, given the injury James Tomkins picked up in the closing stages of Sunday’s loss to Spurs.

After seeing Roy Hodgson select academy man Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the start against Pochettino’s men, it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to work out that we’re down to the bare bones and in truth, a half-fit Sakho would be preferable to Damien Delaney starting against United in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Far be it for me to question Mamadou’s willingness to put his body on the line for the club but after being given the unequivocal all-clear by our highly qualified medical team, it does stick in my throat a little to know that he ruled himself out of yesterday’s game knowing what a bind we were in defensively.

When his permanent arrival was first announced over the summer, he greeted fans by stating that “The solider’s back”. It would be nice to see some fighting qualities coming out in him between now and the end of the season, starting with next Monday’s game under the lights against Mourinho and co.

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  • Beverley Moore February 26, 2018 - 8:05 am Reply

    I didn’t want us to sign him. I had my suspicions as to why Liverpool were so willing to let him go and I think we are now seeing why. He doesn’t have that do or die spirit that we have come to expect from Palace players.
    Liverpool have sold us two such players in recent years, Christian Benteke being the other. We paid far too much for both of them and sadly it would appear that they will ultimately relegate us.

    • admin February 26, 2018 - 8:07 am Reply

      It is a sad state of affairs to think that upwards of £60 million has left the club coffers to bring them in Beverley.

  • t.carter February 26, 2018 - 8:20 am Reply

    i totally agree,and for me if the medic,s say your fit,then u do your best.if this is the situation come man utd.then come july get rid.we have no time or patience with weakness.ironically would,nt sako have been marking kane,on that decisive corner?

  • Sharpy February 26, 2018 - 9:15 am Reply

    Are we really going to start having a go at a player who clearly puts everything on the line for the team when he crosses the weight line each and every game ? What would we be saying if he went of injured out for another month or two ? look at Whickham Roy said he’s pushing to hard although all his scans are clear he’s desperate to get back and the doctors are saying slow down. If he says he’s not happy I’m fine with that it’s as much about mental state as physical. And to suggest he should be playing even if not fully fit ! Wow

    • admin February 26, 2018 - 9:26 am Reply

      It’s the fact that he let the medical team know on the eve of our game against Everton, got a scan which showed no damage, took part in another full week of training and then said the same (to the surprise of Roy) which irks me, Sharpy.

      • Sharpy February 26, 2018 - 10:43 am Reply

        That could also be looked at as a player desperate to play and yet deep down knowing he isn’t quite right and at the last doing the right thing in admitting it and not going back to square one. We are often told that scans show all’s ok so a player will be back in a week or two not month or two, a scan is not the be all and end all. I to would rather have him spot on for 7 or 8 games rather than almost ok for 1

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 26, 2018 - 9:22 am Reply

    I’d actually rather have him in top physical and mental condition for the final 7 games than be flaky in all of them.

    What worries me more is how Jach can’t even make the bench in this crisis. When someone this obscure isn’t a hidden gem it begins looks more like an ‘Arry signing that results in money landing into his dog’s Bermudan bank account.

  • Spiceboy February 26, 2018 - 10:31 am Reply

    Hoppo I would take what you read with a pinch of salt. I told you after the last game that sakho wasn’t in contention to play against spurs but kelly was due back so was a bit surprised to see him not starting? Bissa was awesum at right back that Boy deserves another game. As for Delaney as soon as he came on it was game over would of preferred rider dropping to CB and a midfielder with energy to come on even if it was a youth player. Sakho should be back for Chelsea don’t get your hopes up for the Man Utd game but 🤞 he is almost 100% fit.

    • Sharpy February 26, 2018 - 10:48 am Reply

      Couldn’t agree more spice boy, I’m gutted for Delaney for what he’s done for the club and to come on and mark one of the best strikers in the world is never going to be easy but he does seem to have lost it.

    • Rob February 26, 2018 - 3:43 pm Reply

      The minute I saw Delaney get brought on i knew we were going to end up losing. I would of rather gone down a man rather than having that liability on the pitch.

  • t.carter February 26, 2018 - 11:25 am Reply

    on another note,having read the comments from alan shearer about benteke.maybe something radical needs to be done.benteke is useless up front.and with all our c/h dropping like flies.maybe he give the club a decent performance at c/h.and play sorlith at c/f.can anyone tell me why reidwadeplayed,and yet rakip did,nt?

  • Steve k February 26, 2018 - 11:36 am Reply

    Don’t understand why all this fuss people are making. One man to blame the owner, just like all the other chairman in the past, no ambition,no guts to take chances,no good players who are overpaid and don’t care. Let’s see how many will want-to stay at the end of the season when they have to take a pay cut as we would have been relegated. Over 50 years of this crap.

  • Martin Bucknall February 26, 2018 - 11:37 am Reply

    This rumour is complete nonsense. Basically the Daily Fail picked up a quotation in French along the lines of “J’ai peur que ma blessure raparaîsse”. They translated that as “I’m afraid plus some froggy stuff that can’t matter much or it’d be in English” then reported the first two words. The truth is that the only thing he was afraix of was a recurrence of his injury.

  • ee signing February 26, 2018 - 11:59 pm Reply

    May be another week may be a blessing in disguise. He doesnt actually look fearful whn on the pitch and muscle pulls can be capricious things

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