Palace’s Star Defender Discusses His Uncertain Future

1 Posted by - December 7, 2018 - News

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. 

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  • Eaglecoops December 7, 2018 - 8:48 am Reply

    Who, playing CL football has the money to pay both his salary and the fee necessary for us to sell him and would actually want him? As good as he is, he is also a liability at times. I’m not sure his options are as great as he perhaps thinks they are.

  • tzcar December 7, 2018 - 9:16 am Reply

    overblown.personally responsible for 5 goals against this season.very inconsistent.yes technically gifted but pronr to mistakes.i feel scot dann if fit is the best man marker at the club.not the most gifted but a rock solid ch.if sako wants to go,and somone prepared to pay the price,then so be it.i just hopefreedman is always aware of palace,s needs.

  • Mike Ward December 7, 2018 - 10:10 am Reply

    We’re a fickle bunch aren’t we.
    I remember the hysteria when we weren’t sure if Palace were going to sign Sakho.
    I agree that most decent UECL teams would be too concerned about his consistency to pay a price we could accept.
    We’ve got some decent youngsters coming through as well as Dann and Kelly with Jach and Jairo also allegedly able to play at the back. Defence is not our biggest area of concern. Or at least it wasn’t until Brighton…

  • JC December 7, 2018 - 10:15 am Reply

    Scott Dann was absolutely woeful before he got injured. He’s a half decent player but he’s not even in the same league as Sakho. The guy captained PSG when he was 17 and has 28 caps for France. We are a small club in South London, only ambition we’ve had for the 4 years is to not get relegated. We are so lucky to have to have this guy at our club it’s INSANE. You don’t half talk some rubbish sometimes tzcar, everything you spout is negative.

  • Ben December 7, 2018 - 1:51 pm Reply

    Agree with most of what JC has said. We are extremely fortunate to have him at the club. Yes he does make the odd mistake (who doesn’t?) but his tackles have saved us on many occasions and far outweigh the goals he has been responsible for. He is a truly international star and personally would be gutted if he went.

  • tzcar December 8, 2018 - 9:37 am Reply

    the thing is jc,u arn,t living in the real world.facts 9 defeats in 15,is that good.fact sako personally resposible for 5 goals against.the only thing im intersted in is palace survival,and quite frankly fed up with january having to save us.yes sako,s gifted but he is below par this season.if he was playing as well as last i,d laud him.but im concerned that we like southampton,are on the slide.and what i don,t like is roy,taking all the flack.these players are not supporting him.and i desperately want roy to be a winner.

  • JC December 9, 2018 - 8:00 am Reply

    We all want Roy to be a winner, everyone’s been frustrated by the performances this season, but saying you don’t care if we lose a guy with this guys quality is illogical, it’s not going to improve things. Each and every player needs to step it up. There’s no need to panic it will get better, perhaps you’d prefer it if we were in the championship and it went our way a bit more often, unfortunately we’re playing in a brutal competition week in week out.

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