During the most recent international break, Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho gave an interview in the French press which hinted at him looking to move on at the end of the current campaign and now, he’s followed it up by giving some added context to his original comments.
Having formed an often formidable partnership with James Tomkins at the heart of the Eagles’ defence, any talk of Sakho’s imminent departure is likely to initiate a sense of mild panic amongst the Palace faithful but to his credit, the most recent comments he’s given have shown his respect to the club where before there was a lack of nuanced thought.
After falling out with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in the latter stages of his time at Anfield, the 28-year-old France International was over the moon to make the switch to Selhurst Park in the summer of 2017. Since then, Palace fans have grown used to his displays in the middle of our back four and begun taking them for granted but after a prolonged run of team-wide poor form, a certain sense of apathy should always be expected. There’s no doubt in my mind that, on his day, he’s the most gifted technical defender we have on our books but given his propensity for flamboyance over practicality, his stock in SE25 isn’t quite as high as it once was.
I wouldn’t rule out the former PSG man flying the nest regardless of the division we find ourselves residing in next term, meaning the scouting and recruitment processes put in place by the club will need to already be eyeing up potential replacements; that said, relegation may well mean a group of some six or seven first-teamers would need to be sold and replaced in a single summer. Let’s hope we’re prepared for every eventuality.