Roy Hodgson has heaped praise Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as the right-back returned to fitness ahead of Palace's trip to Burnley.
The 21-year-old has been passed fit to travel to Turf Moor after a short spell on the sidelines, so the boss was keen to assess his growth since his first team debut just over a year ago.
"It has been a fantastic year for him," Hodgson said during his pre-match press duties. "What I like about him is the way he continues to work hard at his game, the professionalism he shows and the fact that he's been able to keep his feet so firmly on the ground when a lot of good things have been written and said about him. [There's been] the usual speculation... When you have a good player at our level in the table, that player's always being linked with other clubs, but for Aaron it doesn't seem to have bothered him."
"He's more than happy to be with us," he added. "He's signed a long-term contract with us and he works hard at his game to make certain he can produce that consistent performance.
Hodgson continued to list attributes he admired in the young full-back. Noting: "His consistency, his work rate, his work ethic and the fact that he has got the necessary humility to continue to learn and grow, I think these are all wonderful assets that he has that will make him into a better and better player."