For the rest of this season, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a Palace player, and already the loan move is proving to be a shrewd one. While his temporary club are benefiting from his all-action displays, he is making the most of his time in SE25 by reconnecting with his south London roots.
When Patrick van Aanholt curled the ball into the back of the net against Middlesbrough last month, it came as little surprise despite being a left-back. Now he has broken his duck for the Eagles, one of the Premier League’s deadliest defenders is eyeing more matchwinners to steer his new team out of trouble.
"There are always things I need to learn" These are strong words from someone who once rejected the chance to attend Harvard University as a youngster, but the multi-talented Patrick Bamford is happy to accept that he has a lot to master in the school of hard knocks that is the Premier League. Given his track record, he looks destined to make the grade when his opportunity in SE25 arises.