Does Ledley's fine start at Derby suggest Palace should have kept him?

Joe Ledley of Derby County celebrates scoring his teams first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Derby County at Griffin Park on September 26, 2017 in...

After an impressive start to life at Derby are Crystal Palace now regretting releasing Joe Ledley?

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Reading at iPro Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Derby, England.Gary Rowett, manager of Derby County, looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match against Reading.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett recently admitted that Joe Ledley "has had a bigger effect than I probably thought he would" since joining on a short-term deal in September.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Rowett revealed just how important the midfielder has been for the Rams after his arrival at Pride Park.

Joe Ledley of Derby County celebrates scoring his teams first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Derby County at Griffin Park on September 26, 2017 in...Joe Ledley of Derby County celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Brentford.

"Sometimes you get players who almost act as 'continuity players', they glue it all together," the 43 year old continued.

"On the ball, Joe has given us extra composure while defensively he picks up brilliant positions.

"He is a real all-rounder and he is a good character as well, and that is something we wanted to bring into the building."

Crystal Palace's English manager Roy Hodgson shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal...Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Ledley's fine form in his six matches for the club to date has already seen the Championship outfit enter negotiations with the Wales international about extending his stay beyond January.

Not bad for a player who was deemed surplus to requirements by Crystal Palace at the end of last season and released from Selhurst Park as a free agent.

Yet with the Eagles currently bottom of the Premier League table having lost nine of their opening 11 games, are they now regretting losing such a "good character" in Ledley?

Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic are currently the preferred central midfield partnership under boss Roy Hodgson and while that is unlikely to change, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek being used more in attack and the other options being James McArthur and Jordon Mutch, the 30 year old could still have had a role to play.

In fact Hodgson would probably have appreciated the reliability and professionalism of someone like Ledley in a side already embroiled in a relegation battle even at this early stage of the campaign. However, Palace's loss is Derby's gain.

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