Palmer insists that the 27-year-old new Arsenal recruit will make a better impact than the Chelsea legend.
Partey has so far impressed in a Gunners shirt since he completed the switch from Atletico Madrid.
He told The Mail: “They share a similar role. Essien was box-to-box and also applies the brain-work.
“Thomas has got good timing, energy but not as boisterous.”
“In terms of power and drive, they have similar qualities.”
“He can turn a defensive position into an offensive opportunity. He plays long searching passes.”
“Thomas will grow and have better qualities than Essien, trust me. Yes, Thomas will give you something better.”
Source: Ghana Soccernet