Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter to discuss just how big a miss Mamadou Sakho was as they watched their side slip to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday evening.
The Eagles were embarking on just their first Premier League fixture of the season without the imperious France international, who, alongside James Tomkins, had been a key component of what is statistically the fifth best defence in the top-flight this term.
Sakho looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Leicester, and his absence was evident for all to see as his replacement, Martin Kelly, failed to replicate the 29-year-old’s huge impact.
The former Paris Saint-Germain captain is the only left footed centre-back at the club, providing irreplaceable balance to the defence, which the Red Devils took full advantage of as they scored three goals that all could’ve been avoided from the Eagles’ perspective.
Let’s take a look at what the Palace fans on Twitter are saying about Sakho’s absence…
The back 4 is nowhere near the same without Sakho.
His composure, leadership and tackling are irreplaceable.
— Palace Eagles (@PalaceEagles_) February 27, 2019
As much as any of that we miss his passing. He starts so many of our best attacks with a positive pass from the back.
— Daren (@cpdaren) February 27, 2019
Sakho has a mistake in him every game but what was clear tonight is that he makes average CBs look like good CBs when they play next to him #CPFC
— Jake Carscadden (@Carscadden97) February 28, 2019
We miss Sakho so much
— Michael (@M_CPFC) February 27, 2019
People were trying to say we’d be alright without Sakho… Lightyears ahead of any other CB at the club.#CPFC
— CPFC HQ (@CPFCHQ) February 27, 2019
Sakho is immense. Big loss.
— Justin Cairns (@JustinCairns) February 28, 2019
If tonight don’t show how important Mamadou Sakho is to our back line then I don’t know what will.
— Joe Knight (@CPFCknighty) February 27, 2019
Sakho has been so under appreciated for ages
— Benjuayi (@Beniesta_) February 27, 2019