Mamadou Sakho’s Crystal Palace performances have earned him a recall to the international scene with World Cup winners France.
That appears to have got the former Liverpool man a little bit excited as he has now revealed his ambition to get back into Champions League football.
He said: “I have always worked to reach the highest levels of club football and selection. My ambition remains the same, I want to be present in the biggest possible competitions. Is the Champions League in my mind? Why not?”
Why not? The fact that Sakho’s current club Crystal Palace are closer to a relegation scrap than Champions League qualification is perhaps one reason why Europe’s elite club competition shouldn’t be on his mind.
If Roy Hodgson’s side are to steer themselves away from trouble, they will need the senior and experienced players such as Sakho to show leadership and commitment to the cause; not personal single-mindedness to bring their own careers back to Champions League level.
Palace helped salvage Sakho’s career in English football when he was outcast by Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp lost patience with his poor timekeeping and overly relaxed attitude.
As soon as he gets some personal recognition, he looks to use it as a springboard to leave the club that also reportedly pays him a handsome £100,000 a week – that’s just disrespectful and Hodgson has a right to expect more from his senior players.