We’re all missing Mamadou Sakho and hope he’ll be ready for the start of the 2016/17 campaign, but it seems his French international teammate Kingsley Coman is missing him more than most, according to French publication Canal.
As we all know, Sakho is currently awaiting a hearing and a decision from UEFA regarding a controversial failed drugs test (via the Echo). Consequently, he was left out of France’s Euro 2016 squad, and it seems like his compatriots may miss him quite a bit.
Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman is a former club-mate of Sakho’s, with both players spending time at Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain before making moves to Juventus and Liverpool respectively. Coman claims that things just weren’t the same at PSG after Sakho left, insisting that the gap between the older and the younger players was made much wider by his exit.
“At PSG, when Mamadou Sakho left, the relationship between young people and the rest of the group was not the same,” he said.
Sakho is unquestionably a character, and clearly he has a truly positive impact on his teammates. It’s often important at a club not only to have players who speak your language, but also to have players who are gregarious, friendly, and outgoing enough to take you under their wing and make you feel at home.
It would be a real blow if Sakho were to be unavailable for the start of the season, and not just because he’s arguably our best centre-back and a real fan favourite. The dressing room could also suffer without him, so hopefully the decision goes our way when the hearing takes place and we get him back as soon as possible.