Two Premier League clubs saw a pair of players return to the field after long spells on the sidelines.
Tottenham revealed that Victor Wanyama took part in training on Monday for the first time since suffering a knee injury in late August, which has kept him off the field since then. Wanyama started in both of Tottenham’s first two fixtures of the season before the injury.
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At the same time in the northwest of England, Yannick Bolasie returned to the field for Everton’s reserves for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last December against Manchester United. Everton manager Sam Allardyce hinted recently that Bolasie could even make the first team subs bench before the end of the calendar year as he continues his rehab.
- Shaqiri, Loftus-Cheek trade goals
- Sakho nabs winner
- Palace 2W-2D-2L in last six
Mamadou Sakho‘s late goal drove Crystal Palace to a 2-1 late win at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as the Roy Hodgson regroup is well and truly on in South London.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek canceled out Xherdan Shaqiri‘s first half goal within moments.
Palace now has eight points and can see safety for the first time this season. Stoke sits 15th.
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A slow start eventually saw Stoke City look superior, and Wayne Hennessey made a nice save on Xherdan Shaqiri 1v1.
At the other end, Lee Grant robbed James McArthur.
Roy Hodgson took McArthur off for Christian Benteke at the break. Could the big man make a difference in his second substitute appearance following a long layoff?
The aforementioned actors all played a role in a defining stanza of the match. Benteke lashed over goal moments before Shaqiri converted a chance at the other end.
Yet Palace battled back to equalize quickly through Loftus-Cheek. And Yohan Cabaye‘s late drive off the post allowed Sakho to snag three big points for the hosts.
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Just like last season Mamadou Sakho could be the man to solve Crystal Palace’s problems.
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Sky Sports are reporting that Palace have had a bid of $33.5 million accepted for the Liverpool defender with the Eagles now free to discuss personal terms with the towering center back.
Sakho had a huge impact during the second half of last season as Palace surged away from the relegation zone under Sam Allardyce with the French international playing a huge role before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
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Still recovering from his knee injury, Sakho will be available in the coming weeks for Palace and Frank De Boer will need him ASAP after losing his first three Premier League game in charge of the south London club.
After a poor start to the season it appears Palace have finally landed their man.
If Sakho can have anywhere near the same impact he had last season then the Eagles will have a much better chance of not being in a relegation battle.
Mamadou Sakho was a hugely important figure as Crystal Palace staved off relegation from the Premier League last season, despite playing in just eight games while on loan from Liverpool.
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Palace’s record in Sakho’s eight games: 5W-1D-2L, including four wins in his first four games. Not bad for a side that sat in 19th place when he made his debut in late February. After Sakho suffered knee ligament damage in late April, Palace finished the season with three losses (by a combined score of 9-0) from their final four games.
Predictably, Sakho sat atop Palace’s wish list heading into the summer transfer window. Unfortunately for new Palace boss Frank De Boer, Liverpool’s valuation of the 27-year-old Frenchman remains nearly $40 million and has priced the Selhurst Park bunch out of the market.
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Instead, Palace intend to spend a combined $40 million on four or five lesser-priced players as De Boer fills out the squad for his first season in the PL, according a report from the Guardian.
With an eye toward solidifying a defense which conceded 63 goals last season, De Boer is reportedly keen on poaching from familiarity territory: Ajax and Netherlands defenders Joel Veltman, 25, and Kenny Tete, 21, could arrive for as little as $13 million combined. Central midfield is the other key area De Boer will have to strengthen, following the departures of Joe Ledley and Mathieu Flamini on expiring contracts.
The Eagles has swooped on Deadline Day.
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Crystal Palace snapped up Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool on a loan deal until the end of the season in what could prove to be a very shrewd buy.
Sakho, 26, was frozen out at Liverpool after falling out with manager Jurgen Klopp during their preseason of the U.S. and he had been linked with a move to Southampton, Sevilla, Swansea and Galatsaray throughout the window.
However, the French international defender is arrives at Selhurst Park on loan until the end of the season with Liverpool not getting the $26 million fee they wanted but instead getting a $2.7 million loan fee and all of Sakho’s wages paid up, according to numerous reports.
Holding midfielder Luka Milivojevic has definitely completed his move from Olympiakos to Palace for an undisclosed fee of around $16 million.
The Serbian international, 25, lands at Palace with UEFA Champions League experience and below he tells Palace fans what they can expect.
Both players will boost Sam Allardyce‘s squad significantly as the Eagles will be confident following their 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday which leaves them two points from safety.
Sakho is a particularly necessary acquisition to bolster Palace’s defense and alongside fellow new boy Patrick Van Aanholt he will help shore things up at the back.
All of a sudden things are looking up for Palace even though they’re still in the relegation zone. As they say: baby steps.