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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises director of football Dougie Freedman over Tosun deal

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'The credit for Cenk Tosun should go to him': Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises director of football Dougie Freedman after January loan signing scores on his first startCenk Tosun joined Crystal Palace on loan from Everton earlier this monthHe had been monitored for two years by director of football Dougie FreedmanThe Eagles couldn't afford the £27million price tag when he joined the ToffeesTosun put Palace ahead at The Etihad with a header approaching half-time

It's rare for Premier League managers to lavish praise on a director of football but Roy Hodgson was happy to hand over credit after striker Cenk Tosun marked an impressive full debut for Crystal Palace with a goal at Manchester City.

Tosun, who joined Palace on loan from Everton earlier this month, had been monitored for two years by Eagles director of football Dougie Freedman, though the Londoners couldn't afford the £27million asking price when the Turkish international signed for Everton from Besiktas in 2018.

'The credit for Cenk Tosun should go to Doug,' said Hodsgon. 'He has watched him a lot and when we had the chance to sign him on loan he really convinced me, because I hadn't seen that much of Cenk.

Cenk Tosun shocks Manchester City in the first half at The Etihad with a goal on his first start

'I was delighted with what I saw from him today. It was a wonderful debut and I hope he will produce many more performances to keep us in the position we are in.'

Tosun put Palace ahead at The Etihad with a clinical header approaching half-time. 

City rallied to lead 2-1 with a Sergio Aguero double but Palace claimed a draw when Wilfried Zaha forced Fernandinho into an own goal in the final minute.

'It would have been cruel to have lost it,' admitted Hodgson. 'City's first goal was such a fine piece of play, you have to hold your hands up but when they went ahead, it looked like all our hard work was in vain. It was wonderful for our lads not to give up and get an equaliser.'

Hodgson was without seven key players through injury and suspension and had to put three untried youngsters on the bench. Palace are in talks with Spurs over full-back Kyle Walker-Peters while striker Connor Wickham won't be allowed out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday until Hodgson can find another stand-in striker.

The 72-year-old is the oldest manager in Premier League history and admitted being irritated on Friday when asked what he could learn from Pep Guardiola.

'I only came up with an answer overnight – to lose,' he said.

Tosun wheels away in celebration having broken the deadlock from a corner at The Etihad

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