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Sport Hodgson admits competition is restricting Kouyate's game time

17:55  14 september  2018
17:55  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Hodgson admits there's still room for improvement for Palace

  Hodgson admits there's still room for improvement for Palace Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that there is still room for improvement for his side despite their impressive victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to a report on Football London. Palace secured a 1-0 away victory thanks to a brilliant solo effort from Wilfried Zaha. For the majority of the match, the Eagles were solid in every area of the pitch and showed high levels of energy to put pressure on the Terriers. Hodgson admitted that the team has come a long way since he took over and he is pleased with the progression, but he knows that the players can push themselves even further. He said: “It’s nice, it’s nice to be at Crystal Palace. It’s really good to work with the group of players who are an excellent group to work with and it’s good to see that we are progressing in my opinion.” “We’ve got a lot more progression to come, don’t forget [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is just 10 or 11 league games maybe [as a pro]. Patrick van Aanholt was fantastic at the end of last season but still with his qualities a margin for progression.” “We’ve still got to see if Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer and these guys can help us out, so there’s a lot to look forward to and it’s a much nicer position to be in after five games this year than it was last season that’s for sure.” The Eagles have two wins from their opening five Premier League matches this season and they will be hoping for another three points when they host struggling Newcastle United next.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that summer signing Cheikhou Kouyate isn’t getting enough playing time because of the amount of competition for a starting spot, according to a report on Goal.

The 28-year-old left West Ham United to join the Eagles in the summer transfer window but has found it difficult to break into the starting lineup.

The Senegal international midfielder has only played 20 minutes in the Premier League this season and Hodgson believes it’s because there’s a lot of competition for places in his side.

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The manager said:

Hodgson full of praise for Ayew after win over Huddersfield

  Hodgson full of praise for Ayew after win over Huddersfield Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has showered plenty of praise on Jordan Ayew after his impressive performance against Huddersfield Town, according to a report on Football Ghana. The striker played the entire match and played a key role in helping the Eagles secure a 1-0 away victory. Ayew was given his chance as Christian Benteke missed the match due to an injury and he linked very well with Wilfried Zaha. The summer signing provided the assist for Zaha’s remarkable goal but Hodgson was pleased with his overall input on Saturday afternoon. He said: “If we’re going to have the season we would like to have, you need quality players and when they’re not playing you miss them.” “I thought today we were fortunate to also play Jordan Ayew at centre-forward and bring Cheikhou Kouyate into the team.” “That served us well today and their work-rate, aggression and determination meant we were able to control large swathes of the game and keep the ball out of our box.” Ayew joined the Eagles from Championship side Swansea City and has been patiently waiting to be given more minutes in the Premier League. With Benteke ruled out, Ayew will be hoping to continue to leave a positive impression on his manager.

“Both Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate are players that we have brought in, as well as Jordan Ayew who made his first-team debut from the start against Southampton, and we have been very happy with all three of them.”

“Max and Cheik are in my opinion ready at any moment to go in, but up to now, the other players who have kept them out have done a good job so the competition is very healthy.”

“Everyone knows that the positions are contested now, and if you want to keep your place in the team then you have to perform every week.”

James McArthur and Luca Milivojevic have held down their starting positions well so far this season so Kouyate must prove to Hodgson that he is worthy of taking their place.

Palace visit Huddersfield Town tomorrow and Kouyate will be hoping to get some more minutes in the league.

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Keane believes squad competition will raise performance levels .
Everton defender Michael Keane believes strong competition for places among the squad will help to raise performance levels, as reported by the club’s official website. Keane, who has been out of action since suffering a hairline skull fracture against Bournemouth on August 25, has resumed training ahead of a return, but could face strong competition in attempting to regain his first-team place. Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma made his full debut for the Toffees in place of the injured Keane, while Mason Holgate has also impressed in his early season outings. Yerry Mina is also likely to come into Everton line-up shortly, with the £27.5million summer signing back in training, having been carrying a slight injury upon signing from Barcelona in August. However Keane believes that the strong competition will only strengthen the Blues this season. Talking to evertontv, Keane said: “Competition is good and it is needed in every position. I think it continually pushes you – you know you cannot relax and it might make you subconsciously work that bit harder in training every day.” “You are always unsure about your place but it puts pressure on you to play well in every game and that brings out the best in us.” “We have a lot of very good centre-backs and we all want to play, which is healthy for Everton.

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