Wolverhampton Wanderers won promotion back to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday, prompting their former winger Bakary Sako to send a tweet offering his congratulations on the achievement; predictably he was then bombarded with messages begging him to re-sign for the club over the summer.
Sako left Wolves when his contract expired at the end of the 2014/15 season having gone public over his desire to play in the Premier League as quickly as possible, joining Palace on a three-year deal in early August. He scored his first goal for the club on his full debut against Aston Villa fewer than three weeks later before bagging the first of the Eagles’ two goals in their 2-1 over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week later.
Sadly, the Mali international’s stunning start to life in SE25 wouldn’t continue at the same pace, with another 29 appearances and no goals throughout the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons suggesting that his time with the club was all set to fizzle out.
It was only when current boss Roy Hodgson took up residence in the Selhurst Park dugout that the big man rediscovered his mojo, being used as a makeshift striker in Christian Benteke’s absence to great effect. Prior to sustaining the ankle injury which ended his season against West Ham in January, Bakary had scored six goals in 19 appearances and had reignited talk over a new deal being offered to him by the club’s directors.
Now, sidelined until the start of next season and allowed to speak to whoever he wants, speculation over a possible switch to Saint-Etienne has been gathering pace, as to has chatter about a possible reunion with the Molineux faithful.
Given the sizeable wage Sako currently pockets in south London, plenty of supporters have voiced concerns about agreeing to an extension on the same terms but after two years in the wilderness, it sounds as though the wide man will have no shortage of options when deciding where to play his football next term.
Would you give him a new deal?
— Aden lowe (@aden_lowe) April 14, 2018
#AlwaysAWolf Bakary. You are still one of the pack.
— Canis Lupus /\_/\ (@LupisCanis) April 15, 2018
Get back to the pack Sako would offer something different …
Wolves are so much bigger than #cpfc
— Lincolnshire Wolf (@nickprobert4) April 14, 2018
Hope recovering well then come home
— gary wylde (@gazrw) April 15, 2018
Come back Sako
— i like meme (@michaeljaydude) April 15, 2018
Any chance you wanna come back? 😂🐺
— Lucas 🐺 (@lucasbradl3y) April 14, 2018
Come back bro?
— Matty Eagle (@MattyEagle) April 14, 2018
Always welcome back Bakary! 🐺🐺🐺
— Sensei 先生 (@Mr94Official) April 14, 2018
Yes big man? Free agent next season? Come home
— Mathias Lewis (@CoMathias90) April 15, 2018