Bakary Sako made an instant impact when brought on as a second-half substitute against Sunderland on Monday, but the striker’s game ended prematurely after pulling up with a hamstring injury.
Making eight appearances and scoring two goals since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer, Sako has been enjoying his football in south London, and is happy with the decision he made to make a fresh start at a new club.
“I heard there were a few teams interested in me but after speaking to the Manager (Alan Pardew) I didn’t want to look anywhere else. He told me he wanted to play attacking football and that I’d get my chance in the team. I had a good feeling about the club and I’m still feeling that now.”
Although known for attacking and entertaining football, Palace have been struggling to find goals, and the striker says it is something the players are working hard to improve.
“The Manager says to us we have to shoot more and get in the box as much as we can. We know we’re capable of scoring, it’s just against teams who play very defensively that we find difficult to break down.”
Unable to play against Newcastle this weekend, Sako is confident his teammates will get the result home fans will be hoping for.
“I think Newcastle will want to win so they’ll have to play more openly if they want to score goals. If there are more spaces to attack our goals will come, and we’ve got people like Wilf, Connor and Chamakh who are all really good in those situations.”
With Leicester City currently sitting top of the Premier League table, players are well aware that this year is as good as any to make the most of what could be a shake-up to the clubs that finish in the top six positions.
“Since the Manager joined the club we have more ambition. The players realise we can be a great team in this league and Palace are building something really good. The progress we’ve made since last season shows how far we’ve come but we know we can get even better.”