Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock admitted he expects Victor Moses to step up to the Barclays Premier League next month after the teenager scored a fabulous brace in a 4-2 win at Reading.
The 18-year-old scored a stunning goal in each half at the Madejski Stadium as Palace shrugged off the fact that they have not been paid for November to inflict another damaging defeat on Brendan Rodgers' Royals.
With chairman Simon Jordan blaming a cash-flow problem for the delay, Moses' double was a timely reminder of the huge talent he possesses and Warnock is already resigned to cashing in on him.
Enlarge Flying eagle: Victor Moses scoring Palace's third goal of the evening
Crystal Palace have six days to pay players or star youngsters for nothingCrystal Palace 3 Watford 0: Warnock celebrates century in styleReading 2 Blackpool 1: Rodgers on top of the world after ending home hoodoo Reading 1 Ipswich 1: Royals still looking for home win He said: 'Victor's goals were unbelievable. You can't coach against goals like that so I don't know what Brendan can say to his lads.
'You could tell that Victor was on his game and he has been since Ibought him back into the team. He is hungry and he will get all theplaudits.
'Everybody is looking at him now. Four or five teams were after him in the summer but they hesitated and I don't know why.
Premier League class: Moses (right) is tipped to leave Palace in January
'I am convinced that he has the quality, his ability over the firstfew yards is right up there. They pay £17million for players like thatin the Premier League.
'I don't see anybody better than him in the Premier League. Youdon't get 18-year-old British players like that very often and he willgo for sure.
'He will be a good buy for someone.'
Two more bankable assets for Palace, right-back Nathaniel Clyne andrejuvenated winger Darren Ambrose, also found the net as the Eaglesadmirably showed the spirit to battle their financial troubles andbounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Doncaster last Saturday.
Warnock said: 'We are a team. They are a good group of lads. 'Wehave difficulties at the moment but they fought for each other outthere and you would not know they had not been paid. It will be sortedthis week.'
Reading boss Rodgers admitted his side were not at the races andcalled for improvement after they slipped to within two points of thedrop zone.
Alex Pearce headed Reading level on the half-hour mark to cancelout Clyne's opener before Ambrose and Moses both scored in first-halfstoppage time.
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Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson hit an 80th-minute penalty to brieflyreduce the arrears before Moses cut in from the left to curl home abrilliant second goal.
Rodgers said: 'We got what we deserved from the game which wasnothing. We started poorly and then got worse. We conceded twice infirst-half stoppage time which is incredible really and that totallythrew us.
'If we are going to win games here then we need to be better than that.
'Victor Moses was outstanding all night and he is a Premier Leaguetalent without a doubt. His second goal was quite brilliant and killedthe game.'
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