It is another season where Premier League survival has become the sole goal for Crystal Palace.
And it is a goal they look set to reach again with their defence a large reason as to why. So far this campaign, the Eagles have conceded 26 goals, which is a significantly less amount compared to most teams around them.
While as far as clean sheets go, only Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have kept more, further putting into perspective how solid Roy Hodgson’s men have been at the back this term.
Mamadou Sakho, in particular, has impressed at the heart of defence and is now starting to attract interest from Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco, according to the Daily Mail.
Crystal Palace, however, cannot afford to sell their leading central defender, especially at this stage of the season.
An outfit such as the south London club will not be able to replace a centre-back of Sakho’s quality so easily. Letting him go could have some serious ramifications in their quest for the Premier League safety both now and in the future.
As for Sakho, as appealing the chance to play for one of France’s biggest clubs again under a France legend like Henry may sound, pursuing a move now would probably not be the wisest of decisions.
With Monaco currently 19th in the Ligue 1 table, £13.5m-rated (Transfermarkt) Sakho, in essence, would just be swapping one relegation battle for another.
Rather, the Frenchman should stick it out at Selhurst Park and push for a transfer in the summer or next January if a step up actually is on his mind.
Sakho certainly has the ability and just enough time to secure one last major move if that is what he wants.
The 28-year-old is a strong tackler, dominant in the air and can play the ball out of defence, which is becoming ever so important for the coaches at all of the top teams.
All in all, Crystal Palace need Sakho, and the France international should continue answering that need until the right opportunity comes knocking.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience