Plymouth Argyle loan signing Jason Banton has learned so much at Crystal Palace
PLYMOUTH Argyle loan signing Jason Banton has admitted to learning a lot from one of the most talented players in the Football League.
Banton has been borrowed by the Pilgrims from Championship club Crystal Palace, where he has trained with 20-year-old goalscoring winger Wilfried Zaha (right).
Premier League leaders Manchester United signed Zaha last month in a deal which could be worth up to £15 million and immediately loaned him back to Palace until the end of the season.
Banton showed his potential as a goalscoring winger when he netted twice in Argyle's 2-1 win away to relegation rivals Aldershot Town on Saturday.
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That was only his second appearance for the Pilgrims after completing his move to Home Park, initially up to and including the visit of Barnet on March 2.
Banton has also trained at Palace alongside former Argyle attackers Yannick Bolasie and Jermaine Easter.
Bolasie, in particular, has been a revelation for the promotion-chasing Championship club this season.
Banton said: "You are training with the likes of Zaha, Bolasie, (25-goal striker) Glenn Murray and Jermaine Easter at Palace.
"There is a lot of talent there you can feed off. You just learn every day."
Banton signed for Palace on a contract until the end of this season in October, when Dougie Freedman was manager of the south London club.
Freedman moved to Bolton Wanderers soon afterwards and was replaced by ex-Pilgrims' boss Ian Holloway.
Banton revealed there were similarities between Holloway and Argyle manager John Sheridan when it came to their football principles.
He said: "I have learned a lot at Palace. Firstly under Dougie Freedman, who then moved on to Bolton.
"Ian Holloway came in with his enthusiasm and his style of football is very similar to John Sheridan.
"It's great to come here (to Argyle) and be able to play a similar way.
"Sometimes you go on loan and you are playing a whole different style of football.
"Ian Holloway and John Sheridan both like attacking football and, luckily enough, I'm an attacking player."