Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told the Daily Mail that he is benefitting from Neil Warnock's decision to send Glenn Murray out on loan.
Murray joined Reading earlier in the season and Pardew believes that a spell in the Championship did the striker a lot of good.
Murray has gone on to become a key part of Pardew's team, scoring five goals in his past five games, but the Eagles boss feels the 31-year-old wouldn't have been in such sparking form if it wasn't for Warnock's action.
"In defending that decision, of Neil Warnock and the board here, of him going out on loan, he probably did need a few games and it's difficult to get them in the Premier League,” Pardew said.
"In a way the loan, which I think was perceived as a negative by our fans, might not have been a bad thing. I'm obviously getting the benefit of that."
Murray's form during his loan spell at Reading was good, if not quite remarkable, but he is showing just how deadly he can be in the Premier League now.
Warnock appeared to think that Murray wasn't up to standard to have an impact in the top-flight, but the striker is thriving in Pardew's attacking side.
The Eagles are playing on the front-foot and creating a lot of chances, which suits a front-man with the finishing ability of Murray.
The hope will now be that the experienced attacker can continue to fire Palace up the table, as they look to claim a place in the top-half.