You kinda get what Hodgson wants from this signing. He's not an out and out destroyer, more like an Essien-lite or Gerrard-lite. At Fulham he played Murphy and Etuhu, neither were pure attackers or destroyers, but box to box midfielders who'd do their bit all over the pitch.
It'll be something similar with Meireles and Gerrard. Box to box, physical players, who'll run all day round. I really like the look of this partnership, think they'll suit each other to the hilt.