Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne makes a return to Selhurst Park for the Boxing Day encounter against his former club and is looking forward to being in front of the Palace supporters once again.
"Last season It was strange to go back there and walk into the away dressing room rather than the one I was used to going into but it was good to see a lot of faces from when I was there before.
“When my name was announced they gave me a nice round of applause and I hope they do that again as its nice when you go back to a former club and get that kind of reception.”
Clyne was given his league debut for Crystal Palace in a league fixture on 18 October 2008 against Barnsley by Neil Warnock and his manager at the time predicted a bright future for him and the boss has followed his career with great interest.
“He is an absolute gem of a boy, he gives everything each game he plays and is part of a really nice family. His mum was so proud to see how he got on while he was here so she must be thrilled to bits at what he has gone on to achieve.
"I was so pleased with his attitude when we were in financial trouble because he was being encouraged by the administrator to go so the club wages could be paid with his transfer fee but I told Nathanial to stay here, play another couple of years and get his move in the right way. I am so pleased he waited, got the experience and now finds himself playing at international level.”
In the 2010–11 season, Clyne was the youngest player in the Football League to play every single game of that campaign and took the end of season honours as he was voted the club’s Player of the Year. Since those days he moved to the south coast in 2012 and a couple of years on is enjoying life at the right end of the Premier League.
“The team needed that win last weekend against Everton, we put on a good performance being solid at the back and we were good going forward.
“It definitely boosted the morale in the camp. We created lots of chances and we merited our victory.”