Tough for Crystal Palace to sign Sakho, admits Allardyce

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Crystal Palace will find it difficult to sign Mamadou Sakho on
a permanent basis after his impressive form since joining on
loan from Liverpool, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

Sakho has helped Palace to consecutive clean sheets in his
first two appearances for the club and Allardyce has been
impressed by the 27-year-old’s impact, as well as that of
fellow new arrivals Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van

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But he fears it will be difficult to retain Sakho beyond this
season, even if 17th-placed Palace can avoid the drop.

“It would be a big negotiation at the end of the season if we
were to stay in the Premier League,” he said ahead of
Saturday’s home game against Watford.

“At this moment in time Mama has chosen crystal Palace to play
first-team football, I think he has settled into the
environment exceptionally well.

“He has worked extremely hard at getting himself fitter because
he had not played a competitive game all season and he has
shown what a good defender he is, and his capabilities on the
ball – in possession he has been exceptionally good.

“I think two people on this front, Luka and Mama have given us
more defensive resilience.

“We are more defensive in terms of the capabilities of looking
after the opposition’s attacking forces have been improved by
those two players and Patrick.

“We have found that we are more difficult to score against
which has been one of my first aims, my first targets ever
since I first came here.

“Once we began to do that we began to win football matches and
three wins out of five have all come because we can keep clean
sheets so the basis of our defensive unit has grown and got
better and that has been a good way forward for us to get out
of the trouble we are in.

“Mama has played a big part in that, as have Luka and Patrick,
and the whole team as a whole are defending better.”

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