Monday Sep 14, 2020. 14:00
Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate has been lauded as a top player by his Crystal Palace teammate Scott Dann.
The defensive midfielder played an instrumental role in helping Palace keep a clean sheet as they started their 2020/21 season with a win over Southampton over the weekend.
Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal earned Palace a 1-0 win over Southampton in a Premier League match at Selhurst Park.
“He [Kouyate] is a top player; he can play midfield and he showed what he is capable of in the back four,” Dann told the club’s official website.
“He’s been playing like that since the end of last season.
Palace went into the match against Southampton winless in eight Premier League matches, but they have since ended the winless run.
“We finished last season on the wrong foot. We’ve been working hard pre-season to make sure that we started this season in a different manner,” he added.
“This performance, and the three points, are very important going forward now.
“It was a good defensive performance from the front all the way through. Everyone put a shift in. The goalkeeper made some saves at the important times.”
Kouyate has played 57 international matches for Senegal and netted twice.