Despite the paucity of really eye-bulging arrivals in the Premier League in January, England’s top clubs still spent a whopping £215m which represented a six year high for the winter window.
And of all the deals completed – temporary or permanent – TFF feels that Crystal Palace may well have done the best one of the lot.
Because if the perceived temperament and sporadic waywardness of Mamadou Sakho has reduced his overall attractiveness to some clubs, there can be little doubt about his quality on the field of play.
We have to admit that we felt other clubs would come in for the towering defender.
This is after all a player who has represented a top France side on 28 occasions since his debut in 2010, with two goals scored for good measure.
At 6ft 2in he’s more than capable of coping with any physical threat posed by Premier League forwards but also has great power and pace in those legs. Just 26 years old TFF still feels that he is the best defender at Liverpool and he would be a first team regular if he hadn’t fallen out with Jurgen Klopp.
This is just a loan deal for now. But TFF believes that Crystal Palace will be absolutely desperate to hold on to him come May. Sam Allardyce has done a brilliant bit of business.
The paradox here is that the better Sakho plays the more interest he will generate in the world of football. But, for now, we think that Sakho will be the player to absolutely ensure a comfortable end to the season for Palace.