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Bakary Sako’s Championship struggles show Crystal Palace let him go at the ideal time

Bakary Sako enjoyed a period of impressive form last season at Crystal Palace, yet the Eagles refused to extend his contract when he became a free agent in the summer.

With no offer from the Premier League club, Sako signed with recently-relegated West Bromwich Albion this fall — but the attacker’s struggles in the Midlands reveal Palace released him at the ideal time.

Since signing for the Baggies in October, the Mali international has made just two appearances — with none resulting in a West Brom win.

Sako’s only start of the season came in a 1-1 draw against Blackburn in late October, followed up by a 24-minute substitute appearance a week later in a 1-0 defeat to Hull City.

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Since his last appearance in early November, the winger has failed to make another appearance in the league, and was even left out of the match day squad for three straight matches with injury concerns.

In all, as the 30-year-old fails to make an impact in the Championship, it looks like Roy Hodgson was justified in not offering Sako a new contract at the end of last season.

With Bakary Sako injury prone and aging, the Eagles had no use for the winger, and it appears as if West Brom agree.

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