Alan Pardew has praised Mathieu Flamini for his winning mentality and has said that the 32-year-old's elite-level experience can help Palace to kick on to the next level.
During his pre-Middlesbrough press conference the manager was asked about the new signing's qualities and what he felt Flamini brought to the Eagles' set up, replying: "Whenever I watched Arsenal and Mathieu was in the side, he always gave them that winning mentality and he always knew how to get the team over the line, even though he was playing in some very young sides.
"That experience, I think, and that winning mentality I want to try to ingrain here, so I bought him not just as a player, but as a kind of figurehead for that process.
"We're looking to play with the ball more and if you're going to play with the ball more you can't cut down on your security - he'll add to that. He'll come in to direct competition with Joe Ledley and Yohan Cabaye in that role. I think he'll push them very, very hard."
Flamini joined up with his new teammates after signing on Thursday morning, meaning he has only trained twice with the squad in the build up to the trip to Middlesbrough. Pardew feels that the Frenchman may be lacking in match sharpness, but he can still be a valuable asset on Saturday's trip to Teesside.
"I think physically he is [ready]. But he hasn't really trained with players, he's trained on an individual basis," he said.
"He's very, very fit, but whether he's up to game speed I don't know. I'm still going to take him this weekend, because I just think having him around - and his knowledge - will be important. Like having another coach!"
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