Rob Seltzer, Mark Werner, Ned Rock and Dale Quartery discussed all things Crystal Palace on the most recent edition of the Exiled Eagles podcast and they spent some time talking about Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho during the show.
It may be fair to say that Sakho hasn’t started the 2020/21 season very positively. The Frenchman has played the full 90 minutes in three of the Eagles’ first four league games of the season and he has earned a poor overall WhoScored rating of 6.04 from those games, which is the lowest rating of any Palace player to have started at least one league game this term.
The south London club have won two and lost two of their four league games so far this season and Sakho played the entirety of both of Palace’s league losses this term. The Eagles have kept just one Premier League clean sheet at this point of the season and Sakho didn’t feature in that game.
With all of this in mind, it may be understandable why, when the topic of Sakho came up during this recent edition of the Exiled Eagles podcast, Quartery was highly critical of the 30-year-old Frenchman, saying: “He’s not good enough. His career has gone downhill from the moment he signed for us.
“At the time we signed him, I remember saying that that was not a signing the manager wants, that’s a signing [Steve] Parish made to appease the fans after the loan spell – simple as.
“He’s a liability, he’s gone downhill – another one – we cannot give him away. Who is going to sign him?
“The guy is not fit for purpose for us at the moment. Something needs to happen because he is a concern.”
Do you think this will be Sakho's last season at Palace?
So, as can be seen in what Quartery had to say about the defender, clearly he thinks that Palace are better off without Sakho in their defence at present, with the podcaster indicating that he thinks the club would struggle to sell the £8.55m-rated centre-back.
With Sakho’s current deal set to expire at the end of next June, unless the Frenchman’s form picks up before the end of the 2020/21 campaign, we feel it may be unlikely that he will receive a new contract and this could very well be his last season at Selhurst Park.