Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho could be in line to join Turkish side Besiktas, reports from Turkey suggest.
The report states that the new head of football Erdal Torunogullari wants to make a move as soon as possible due to the limited supply they have at their disposal.
It is also claimed that the £100k-per-week man (Spotrac) has many friends in Turkey and could be eager for a fresh start in his career.
Palace currently have five extremely experienced options at centre back in the shape of James Tomkins, Gary Cahill, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann and of course Sakho, with manager Roy Hodgson calling it a “luxury” to have such options (Evening Standard).
Due to injuries, Sakho has only played three games this season, along with fellow injured defender Tomkins, who has played just once. Dann has played three times, with Kelly and Cahill being the main centre halves so far with six and seven games each (WhoScored).
Even though Palace’s defence has been more than capable without their two main centre backs from last season – Sakho played 27 games and Tomkins 29 – when they are both fit, they will surely be back within the first-team fold.
Palace having to rely on Martin Kelly and Scott Dann this season is good proof that with the age of some of these defenders, Palace need depth in this position. Unless Palace could get a big offer for Sakho, there seems to be no sense in the club loaning him out.
Even though Crystal Palace’s best and most stocked position is in central defence, parting with Mamadou Sakho on loan in January just doesn’t make sense.
Palace’s great start to the season this year has been hugely down to their defensive solidity.
The Eagles have only conceded 10 goals all season – four of which came against Spurs – and they have used all five centre-backs. This is evidence that each player has the capability of stepping in when required, and also that they are needed.
It would be daft decision-making from the club to let such an influential player leave on loan, even with his hefty wages.
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