Despite playing just eight games since his loan move from Liverpool, Mamadou Sakho has been shortlisted on the Crystal Palace Player of the Year award.
The Frenchman was bought to Selhurst Park by Sam Allardyce, who was desperate to improve the clubs’ leaky defence – a defence that caused the club to fall into the relegation zone around Christmas.
As soon as Sakho kicked his first ball for Palace, the back-line looked incomparably more solid and with the Frenchman in the team, the Eagles have climbed out of trouble and look set to retain their Premier League status.
His player of the season nomination has surprised many football fans outside of South London, given that he has only featured in a quarter of Palace’s games this campaign.
However, the Selhurst Park faithful see the nomination as justification for the impact that Sakho has had on their entire campaign.
Social media reacted with both surprise and joy at the news of Sakho’s shortlisting…
If Sakho is Palace's player of the season, I'm going to die a bit inside. https://t.co/OuyzRovAmr
— Elizabeth (@knitmeg) May 9, 2017
When you make 8 appearances for Crystal Palace and get nominated for Player of the Year…
Mamadou Sakho ladies and gentlemen: pic.twitter.com/dq7FflQHm7
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 9, 2017
— peteway (@peteway) May 9, 2017
Played 8 games and gonna scoop.player of.season (probably)???????????????????????? #sakho
— Dan Shepherd (@shep2309) May 10, 2017
CPFC Why is Sakho still here, he was good but can't be pots with 8 games
— ️️️ (@Dyballon) May 10, 2017
Much sniggering at #cpfc shortlisting Sakho for player of the year but they won five and drew one of the seven games he finished.
— Alan Smith (@alansmith90) May 9, 2017