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Kouyaté on Eze: "This kid is so special"

26 September 2020

Cheikhou Kouyaté doesn't score many goals - his header today was his 14th in the Premier League, with two of those for Palace. Therefore, you can understand the mixed emotions following the result.

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"I’m happy to score today," he said. "But it doesn’t matter because we lost; my goal does nothing tonight."

Kouyaté's goal came via a set-piece, with the now-Palace utility player taking up the role of imposing centre-back. For him, though, it's a role that is second nature to him: "I know this role for when I played with Anderlecht and some games with West Ham and also with my national team," he said. "I know this role a long time, and this is why it is a little bit easier for me."

Today was also a bittersweet moment for Eberechi Eze who made his full Premier League debut in a defeat. Kouyaté was full of praise for the summer signing, though, and is excited for what is to come: "This kid is so special," he admitted. "Now we need to give him a little bit of time.

"The Premier League are going to enjoy him because he has a good mentality, he plays well and we are happy to have this boy here."

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