Yannick Bolasie claims Wilfried Zaha's continued presence at Crystal Palace has been a huge boost for the squad.
The England youngster will leave the Eagles at the end of the season, after sealing a £16million switch to Manchester United in January.
An agreement with Sir Alex Ferguson side saw the 21-year-old return to Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season, in an attempt to help Ian Holloway’s side reach England’s top division.
And team-mate Bolasie believes that piece of business by chairman Steve Parish was master stroke.
“The players love the fact that Wilfried Zaha is staying until the end of the season,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “It’s a big plus.
“The club, and the manager, have done the right thing by selling him and then getting him back. His head is clear. He’s not thinking about it too much and he is now more relaxed.
“We will see much more of Zaha in the run-in. He’ll be firing like he was at the start of the season.
“He’s a grounded lad. I’m happy that he’s moved on. He deserved it because he’s been doing well for the last couple of years.”
Ian Holloway took over from Dougie Freedman earlier this season and Bolasie claims the former Blackpool and Leicester City boss wants the Championship side to emulate La Liga side Barcelona.
“You’ve seen how Barcelona play, that’s what we want to do. You can see last night [against Bristol City] how some of that stuff is coming off.
“It’s looking good. The longer we go the better we’re going to get. I’m looking forward to the run-in at the end of the season to see where we are because I can see we are getting stronger.”