Ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur, Zeki Fryers is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces but is hoping that it's Crystal Palace who are smiling come five o'clock.
The 22-year-old swapped north London for south London in September after spending just over a year with Spurs where he made 16 appearances and still enjoys a good relationship with some of his former teammates, but if selected by Neil Warnock he is hoping that he can help Palace bounce back from Tuesday's defeat to Aston Villa on his old stomping ground.
Fryers didn't spend too much time under Mauricio Pocchetino during the summer before he moved to Palace on deadline day, but he was impressed with the way the Argentinian operated in his first few weeks in his new surroundings.
“He was a good manager,” Fryers said. “I didn’t work with him long enough to understand what he wanted but he seemed like a good manager. The staff and players there are a great set of lads, I still get along with them and it was just my decision to move to further my career and play some more games.”
The full-back also pin-pointed a couple of players to keep an eye on during Saturday's encounter at the Lane, where Palace aim to clinch their first victory at the venue since 1997.
“I think Erik Lamela's settled in now with the lads at Spurs,” said Fryers. “He’s got a lot of ability, it’s coming out of him more and more and I think the fans at Spurs don’t have to worry, they’re going to see a lot more of him. I did see him attempt the rabona in training, but I never saw him score with it!
“Harry Kane will also be a threat. He’s a good lad and after stepping up to the first-team he's taken his opportunity. He’s doing really well.”
The former Manchester United academy graduate has made two appearances for Palace so far but is hoping to put pressure on Joel Ward and Martin Kelly in the coming weeks as the hectic fixture schedule comes into force, but despite less game time than he would have liked he is still pleased with the move and is ready to go if he's called upon on Saturday.
“I’ve settled in great here because there's a top set of lads,” he added. “Everyone works hard and has good banter and they’ve welcomed me nicely to the team.
“I’m match fit now, I had a little problem in the past few days with my hamstring but I’m feeling ready now and just waiting for my opportunity.”