African players in demand


The number of African players breaking into the English leagues is testimony to the potential that Africa may soon be producing footballing maestros to every major  footballing nation in the world. While the impact of this may not yet reflect on the African national teams as may be expected, the demand for their skills cannot but be noticed whether they are players of African descent or directly from the continent.

Mamadou Sakho

Crystal Palace legend Eddie McGoldrick feelings that the Eagles must simply pull out all the stops to sign Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool on a permanent basis, dubbing the defender a colossus. Palace snapped Sakho up from Liverpool in the winter transfer window, on loan until the end of the season, but the deal did not contain a purchase clause for the Selhurst Park club to activate.

Sam Allardyce declared his intention to try to keep Sakho before he resigned and McGoldrick feels certain the club should continue to try to keep the France international. McGoldrick believes Sakho struck up a good relationship with the Palace fans and stressed he was immense at the back in the club’s successful battle against relegation from the Premier League.

Sakho is keen to play regular first team football next season ahead of the 2018 World Cup, where he hopes to be involved for France. Sakho, born to Senegalese parents, has lived the best of his life in France where he also started playing football at a very young age. The defender slipped out of favour under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and it is unclear whether the German has had a rethink on the former Paris Saint-Germain star.