Alan Pardew has backed Andros Townsed to fill the void left by Yannick Bolasie following his departure from Crystal Palace to Everton.
Bolasie completed a switch to the Toffees over the summer, leaving the Eagles after a return of 13 goals in 133 appearances.
He bagged his first goal for his new club on Saturday – netting in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough – exactly one day before his replacement at Selhurst Park netted his first strike for Pardew’s side.
Townsend, brought in from Newcastle following their relegation to the Championship, put in a man of the match performance against Stoke on Sunday, assisting James Tomkins for the opening goal before rounding off the win with a classy strike of his own in the final stages of the match.
And asked whether Townsend can fill the void left by Bolasie, Pardew had only words of praise for his summer signing,
Speaking to talkSPORT, Pardew said: “He’s different to Bolasie. He’s always scored more goals than Bolasie, and I think he will [fill the void]. That’s not taking anything away from Yala, because he’s a terrific player and I love him, but Townsend’s a different type of player.”
One worry for Palace in a near-perfect performance was the loss of centre-half Tomkins at half-time.
The scorer of the opening goal was substituted for Damien Delaney with an apparent injury, and Pardew confirmed the 27-year-old was suffering with a serious problem.
He added: “He wasn’t actually [taken off as a precaution]. He definitely couldn’t have played the second half. We’ve got an important week, but I don’t think he’ll feature in this week’s performances.”