Before the season, Tony Fernandes described Armand Traore as his special project.
The Senegal international was a player the chairman felt had yet realise his potential, but one who had all the attributes to so do.
For a moment, it looked as if the airline tycoon would have to leave it to his former boss, now reinstalled at Crystal Palace, to carry on the 24-year-old’s development, but Neil Warnock is going to be disappointed.
Traore insists he is no quitter and adds that this is the season he finally hopes to come good in a hooped shirt.
“There was a little bit of a misunderstanding, but I think I’m going to stay,” the midfielder said. “I didn’t sign a new (two-year) contract to move on. I’ve been here almost four years, and I said in the past I could have moved to Benfica, but I stayed.
“I grafted in the Championship, and now we’re back in the Premier League.
“Some things were said between me and Harry (Redknapp), and I don’t want to say what, but I’m going to stay and give it my best shot.”
Traore’s best shot in the 1-0 win over Sunderland shaved the post in the last 10 minutes, and was a brief respite as Sunderland ramped up the gears in search of a point.
“I was shocked to find the ball on my right foot; I hardly ever use it. I am 100 per cent sure I would have scored with my left.
“They pushed on in the last 10 minutes they were sending bodies forward. But we dug in, and it was really positive.”