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Crystal Palace Desperate To Retain This Defensive Beast’s Services: Can Allardyce Pull This Off?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Mamadou Sakho has impressed as a defender during his short tenure with Crystal Palace. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last eight outings and are looking to gradually move away from the dreaded zone of relegation.

Sakho has been one the players who have seen the dangers lurking in the Palace defence and is looking to continue his good work with the Eagles in the next season as well.

Sakho is currently on loan with Crystal Palace from Liverpool. He was missing much of the action with the Reds under the tenure of Jurgen Klopp and was finally loaned out to Crystal Palace during the last day of the transfer window.

Now, with Sam Allardyce as the manager of the club, the French defender is looking almost certain to offer his long-term allegiance to the Eagles with a permanent contract in the new season.

Sam Allardyce, the current man in charge at Crystal Palace is confident of the fact that his team only needs one more win in their upcoming fixtures to stay out of the relegation zone this season.

The former England boss has plans to offer Sakho a permanent deal as soon as the club confirms its place in the Premier League for the next season.

Sakho has been instrumental in keeping Palace in the run for a place in top flight football for the next season. The 27-year-old defender signed the loan contract with the Eagles from Liverpool on the deadline day of the last transfer window. It has proved to be a good move for the French international no doubt.

The centre-back was out of favour under the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who had him sidelined for a major part of the season. The main reason of this fallout was the alleged unprofessional attitude of the French defender, which kept him from joining daily sessions with the team on time during their pre-season.  He was also demoted to the Under 23 side of Liverpool for the last part of his stay at Anfield.

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Mamadou Sakho is known for his ability to pass the ball accurately to his teammates, apart from the fact of his being a wall in the Palace defence. The defender can keep hold of the ball for a significant amount of time and also is equipped with the ability of superb ball concentration.

He is also very good in winning aerial balls from the opposition players. The defender also likes to build up moves by playing short passes with his teammates.

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