Sport My Take: The Diafra Sakho Situation

19:20  21 april  2017
19:20  21 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Palace have no option to make Sakho's move from Liverpool permanent

  Palace have no option to make Sakho's move from Liverpool permanent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that previous reports which suggested that Crystal Palace have an option to make Mamadou Sakho’s loan move a permanent deal in the summer are incorrect. Speaking at his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s game with West Brom this weekend, the German boss told reporters that there is no clause in the deal, which will be a blow to Palace fans. The French international has been in great form for the Eagles since breaking into the squad in recent weeks and most fans would agree that they’d like to keep him at the club on a permanent basis. However, Liverpool are apparently asking for around £30million for the 27-year-old and, if he carries on playing at his current level, there’ll probably be a club willing to splash the cash on him. A high asking price might not completely rule Palace out of the running to sign Sakho but with no clause in place, he’s likely to have a large number of options as his disposal.

Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho became the Hammers' seventh summer 2014 signing when he arrived from FC Metz on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 14 August.

The Football Association are anxious to try and resolve the situation as quickly as possible because there is a genuine fear that West Ham could be expelled. West Ham fined over Diafra Sakho 's AFCON absence, but avoid FA Cup expulsion.

After another rumoured falling out with the manager, Slaven Bilic, Diafra Sakho’s future at West Ham has come under fire yet again with many Hammers fans having enough of him.

The Senegalese international signed in summer 2014 under Sam Allardyce and was an instant success, making a great partnership with another new signing at the time, Enner Valencia. However, since then his West Ham career has gone downhill due to various injuries and attitude problems.

Sakho has bagged 20 goals in 53 appearances for West Ham which is a decent record considering his fitness problems, he is more than just goals, however, on his day, he is a workhorse who will chase down anything in West Ham’s final third.

Palace have no option to make Sakho's move from Liverpool permanent

  Palace have no option to make Sakho's move from Liverpool permanent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that previous reports which suggested that Crystal Palace have an option to make Mamadou Sakho’s loan move a permanent deal in the summer are incorrect. Speaking at his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s game with West Brom this weekend, the German boss told reporters that there is no clause in the deal, which will be a blow to Palace fans. The French international has been in great form for the Eagles since breaking into the squad in recent weeks and most fans would agree that they’d like to keep him at the club on a permanent basis. However, Liverpool are apparently asking for around £30million for the 27-year-old and, if he carries on playing at his current level, there’ll probably be a club willing to splash the cash on him. A high asking price might not completely rule Palace out of the running to sign Sakho but with no clause in place, he’s likely to have a large number of options as his disposal.

Diafra Sakho ‏@iamdiafrasakho 20 апр. I hope the injuries are behind me now & I will continue to give 100% to the team. 365 ретвитов 1 637 отметок «Нравится». Diafra Sakho ретвитнул(а). Sal Benet ‏@salbenet1 20 сент. 2015 г. @iamdiafrasakho We Take The Handbrake Off https

However, only 53 appearances in all competitions since August 2014 is pretty bad considering the infamously injury-prone Andy Carroll has got 69 appearances since then, 16 more than Sakho.

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As well as injuries, Diafra Sakho has also had attitude problems at West Ham with instances at training before West Ham’s 3-3 draw at home to Arsenal last season, where he threw a strop in training at the fact Andy Carroll was starting over him, Carroll went on to score a hat-trick. It was reported that he had a bust-up with Slaven Bilic recently then proceeded to refuse to travel with the squad to Sunderland, however, these reports were played down by @ExWHUemployee on Twitter and by Slaven Bilic himself.

Will Mamadou Sakho Ever Play For Liverpool Again?

  Will Mamadou Sakho Ever Play For Liverpool Again? What a difference a year makes! Not too long ago he was the rock in Liverpool’s defence but now Mamadou Sakho now sees himself completely exiled from the first team with seemingly no way back but with four clean sheets in his six games with Crystal Palace, fans are left wondering why Sakho isn’t in this poor defensive Liverpool team. Many are calling for his return to Liverpool, but will that ever happen? Near the tail end of last season, Sakho was in the heart of Liverpool’s defence, putting in one world class performance after another. A clear fans’ favorite, everything was going so well. We all remember that interview after the amazing comeback against Borussia Dortmund. Sakho thanked the fans and dedicated the victory to “Liverpool country”. But then it happened. On April 23rd, UEFA announced that they would be investigating Sakho for violating an anti-doping rule. Liverpool decided while the investigation was going on that Sakho would not be available for team selection. After testing positive for a fat-burner, UEFA banned Sakho for 30 days from all European football, which FIFA extended to cover all world football. Everything started to go downhill from there. Sakho missed the Europa League final, in which many fans blame his absence for the loss. Also, because of the ban, France did not call him up for the Euros. He missed out on the chance to play in a European final with Liverpool and in a major international competition for his country, which they were hosting.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has taken to Twitter to provide an update on Diafra Sakho 's situation . Spoke to Diafra today he's working hard on his rehab and is looking forward to resuming training.

Diafra Sakho (born 24 December 1989) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club West Ham United. He began his career in the lower divisions of French football, with Metz and on loan at Boulogne, before joining West Ham in August 2014.

In my opinion, it’s time for Diafra Sakho to leave West Ham and there are many reasons why.

Firstly, he is injury prone. Considering West Ham already have an injury prone striker in Andy Carroll who is more worthy of staying at West Ham than Sakho, it would be silly to keep him.

Secondly, his attitude isn’t good enough. Although his attitude improves at times when something small doesn’t go his way he always has a downturn in performances during matches and in training and do West Ham need another bad apple in the dressing room like Payet?

Lastly, is he even good enough? Don’t get me wrong, on his day, Sakho is easily West Ham’s best striker, but, he isn’t on his day that often so maybe selling him is the best option.

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WATCH: Benteke-Sakho handshake .
Christian Benteke did not celebrate his goals against former club Liverpool, but played rock, paper, scissors with Mamadou Sakho.Christian Benteke did not celebrate his goals against former club Liverpool, but played rock, paper, scissors with on-loan Crystal Palace team-mate Mamadou Sakho.

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