Probably Roy Hodgson’s biggest success in the transfer window.

Coming from West Ham in a deal worth around £10million, the midfielder had a large void to fill following the departure of Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the summer.

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He was never going to fill the holding role left by Cabaye, his passing isn’t on the same level as the Frenchman. He wasn’t going to take the Loftus-Cheek mantle either, he’s not as potent as the Chelsea man.

What Palace have got is something in between the two men.

His size alone adds a physical presence and alongside Luka Milivojevic they form an industrious partnership, albeit not too creative.

He’s yet to open his account for the Eagles but he’s finding himself in some great positions and it’s a matter of time before the rangy Senegalese man gets on the scoresheet.

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He’s endeared himself to the Palace faithful through his endless running and drive with the ball. That said, some argue that his arrival has had a negative effect on Milivojevic.

With Kouyate seemingly allowed the freedom of the park, Milivojevic seems to have fallen in to the holding midfielder role.

He took some time to establish himself in Hodgson’s first XI and I’d be surprised if it was him who’d make way when Christian Benteke will surely return to lead the front-line.