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BBC pundit says Crystal Palace have an ‘incredibly impressive’ player in their ranks – Zaha aside

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BBC pundit says Crystal Palace have an ‘incredibly impressive’ player in their ranks – Zaha aside

Crystal Palace ace Cheikhou Kouyate has been named in Garth Crooks’ latest Premier League Team of the Week.

The 31-year-old played as a central midfielder for much of his time at Selhurst Park, but a spate of injuries over the summer meant he was redeployed in defence.

Kouyate has done so well at centre-back that he has cemented a place in the Palace back line, making 27 Premier League starts this season.

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Roy Hodgson’s charges were in league action on Monday evening, taking on Everton and leaving Goodison Park with a point in a 1-1 draw.

Kouyate was caught out with his positioning a couple of times but put in a decent performance overall, winning possession six times and making one key block against the Toffees.

 

“The way this lad has adjusted from midfield to centre-back for Crystal Palace has been incredibly impressive,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.

“The Senegal international has been performing in this position for some time now and I have been reluctant to select the player in my team of the week because of the outstanding performances of others.

“However, against Everton, Cheikhou Kouyate was quite brilliant and played a major part in Crystal Palace achieving a well-earned point.”

Palace currently sit 12th in the table on 38 points and are next in action at home to Chelsea on Saturday evening.

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