SakBack: Crystal Palace have found their key to survival

Ben Mountain

Crystal Palace have had a nightmare start to the season. But there is a glimmer of hope for the South London club. And it comes in the shape of Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.

Last season, the Eagles were at a bit of a loss until the former England gaffer, Sam Allardyce, came in to save them. With him came Mamadou Sakho and a big shot at redemption.

The 27-year-old centre-back completely flipped things on their head. And it was clearly for the better. Adding structure and leadership to Palace’s back four, Sakho became a cult hero among fans.

In fact, the Frenchman won Palace’s Player of the Month for March, despite only being a half-season loanee who’d played just a handful of games.

Since then, fans have cried out for his signature on a more permanent basis.

Thankfully for them, it now appears as if someone has answered their prayers.

With West Bromwich Albion also now looking to snap up the much in demand defender, Crystal Palace have had their hand forced as they will surely now have to accept the £25 million price tag that Liverpool have slapped onto Sakho.

Despite having initially insisted that it was far too high, it looks like the Palace chairmen, Steve Parish, has little choice but to firm the cost.

Given how little Palace fans have had to cheer for in recent weeks, the signing might offer some welcome relief and much-needed stability.

And the price really is right. Although Sakho has been out of favour under Jurgen Klopp, £25million in today’s market is nothing. Especially when you consider what he’ll bring back to Selhurst Park.

Not only in his technical competence and experience, but in his rapport with the fans. Sakho is well and truly adored in SE25 and would be welcomed back with open arms.

Furthermore, with Frank de Boer teetering on the brink of departure already, a ball-playing centre back could be just the signing he needs to kick-start the Dutchman’s currently flagging total football system.

Palace have always been partial to enjoying a dramatic turning point in their Premier League seasons, and the signing of Sakho might prove to be just that. The Eagles may start flying high once again.

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