Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho could reunite with a former manager of the club as Sam Allardyce reportedly wants the Frenchman at West Brom.
The latest on Sakho
According to The Athletic, Sam Allardyce is keen to bring Mamadou Sakho to West Brom, a player who he signed for Crystal Palace back in 2017.
He is currently out of favour at Selhurst Park due to a clash with Roy Hodgson. However, a ‘sizeable’ loan fee would be required, as well as a commitment to picking up most of the centre-back’s six-figure weekly wages.
Should Palace let him leave?
Speaking earlier this season following Sakho’s return from injury, Roy Hodgson praised the former Liverpool man’s work ethic in getting back to fitness as ‘incredible’.
His injuries have been an issue though, as they have seen him miss at least 375 days of football since he joined the Eagles (Transfermarkt). However, he has been a key player for the club when fit, especially in the 2017/18 campaign. It was arguably his best spell of his career as he managed 1.1 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, and 5.2 clearances a game (WhoScored). If he could rekindle this form, then there is no doubt that Palace should keep him.
Still, with the number of injuries he has picked up and the fact that he is now 30, the Eagles might have already seen the best from Sakho.
They did splash the cash when they brought the 6 ft 2 beast to Selhurst Park from Anfield, as he cost them £25.38 million (Transfermarkt), so from a business perspective, it could hurt the club to lose him for free.
That said, with the likes of Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyaté all 30-years-old or older, there needs to be some new blood at the back, so it might be a case of cutting ties with the injury-prone members of the veteran centre-back crew and looking to invest in a batch of younger defenders.
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