Sam Allardyce hails Mamadou Sakho's 'exceptional' impact at Crystal Palace

You can see that with his hair alone!

Sakho has made an immediate impact in Palace colours and has helped Sam Allardyce's side to win their last two games in the league, providing a timely boost to their survival hopes.

The centre-half joined Palace in January with minimal fanfare.

He had not played made a single appearance for the club since April a year ago, with Jurgen Klopp stating that he had no future at the club. The defender was forced to train with the under-23s and did not feature for the senior side all season. Though the Frenchman could yet play a crucial part in keeping the Croydon club in the Premier League, whether or not it'll be enough to earn him a reprieve from his Anfield exile remains to be seen. On Saturday, in only his second appearance of the season, he was the linchpin for Palace as they recorded back-to-back victories from a platform of back-to-back clean sheets.

'You are slightly concerned when you take a player who has been frozen out by his previous club but once we got him fit, and he got himself fit really quickly with the way he has applied himself, we knew that you don't play for Liverpool that many times if you are a bad player'.

"It's good for them to both play so well and massive for us to see them get the two goals". "The defender was magnificent against West Brom". The defender looked to be back in full stride after almost a year out of first team action, putting in a commanding display in the heart of the Eagles defence.

Sakho is unlikely to get a spot in the France squad for this month's global games against Luxembourg and Spain.

'As managers we deal with players in different ways. If I'd been harsh on Dioufy with some of the antics he got up to, he'd never have played for Bolton. Sometimes you do it in a different manner.

'He's not turned up late, or turned up anywhere he shouldn't have done either, ' said the Palace manager who will be taking his squad away for warm-weather training this week.

  • Julie Sanders