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Pardew Hails "Dynamic" Sako and "World Class" Cabaye

6 August 2015

Alan Pardew has hailed Palace's new signing - Bakary Sako - for his pace and power, as well as revealing his hopes that the Malian winger can continue his form in front of goal in red and blue.

Sako, who signed yesterday on a free transfer having left Wolves at the beginning of the summer, scored 36 goals from out wide during his spell at Molineux.

Speaking during his pre-Norwich City press conference, the Eagles' boss praised the 27-year-old's athleticism and goal record, saying: "Every time I looked at him at Wolves, I kept thinking 'he's a Crystal Palace footballer.'

"Quick, dynamic, strong. His goal record is what attracted me to him. He scores goals from the wide areas and I think that's something that we need to improve on.

"He's been brought here to provide direct competition for Bolasie and Zaha, because both those guys need to score more goals."

As well as hailing Sako, Pardew also praised his fellow summer signing Yohan Cabaye, insisting that the Eagles' first acquisition during the pre-season could walk into any team in the Premier League.

"You're not going to get more of a top player than Yohan Cabaye," he said.

"He's a French international, he's desperate to play in the European Championships and he's come here, [as he sees Palace] as the stage to do it. Because the Premier League is where it's at for world class players.

"Yohan Cabaye could play for any of the top four sides, trust me he can. So can he play here? For sure. Will he play on Saturday? Yes. And is he an important signing for us? Yes, it was a fantastic boost to get him."

Alan Pardew's pre-Norwich press conference - in which he discusses the Canaries, Palace's pre-season and the other summer signings - can be watched in full for free at

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