By Matt Farr
Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins has hailed the impact of Mamadou Sakho since his arrival at the club in January.
Sakho, 23, had moved to Selhurst Park on loan until the end of the season after being frozen out at Liverpool by manager Jurgen Klopp.
However, since his arrival at Crystal Palace, Sakho has made an instant impression, and Tomkins revealed to the Daily Star just how important he has been to the club’s recent revival.
The France international helped Palace secure back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time in six months, and back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in almost a year with recent wins over Middlesbrough and West Brom.
The win also saw them climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Middlesbrough, who now trail the Eagles by three points.
Speaking of Sakho’s impact, Tomkins told The Star: “Mamadou has come in and he’s good to play alongside because he is so chilled and calm.
“He’s been brilliant and I am enjoying my time as we learn from each other and let’s hope it can keep going.
“It’s so big to be keeping clean sheets in the Premier League and it’s something the manager has always been big on.”
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce had earlier admitted that signing Sakho was a big gamble, given his lengthy exile from the Liverpool setup.
Prior to his move, Sakho had not played a single appearance for the Liverpool first team since April last year, with Klopp stating that he had no future with the club.
Klopp had grown frustrated at Sakho’s attitude during his time at Anfield, following a series of no-shows during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States.
However, Tomkins and Crystal Palace have so far been thrilled by their new addition, and hope that he can continue to inspire them as they seek to retain their Premier League status this season.