From Devonshire Rec and Bernard Park only seven years ago, Wells is set to visit places such as Anfield, Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium this season for games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
"I think it's a compliment in that eventually people are intrigued in what's going on here, it's been a good journey, and as a manager you take the hits, but you take the good stuff as well, it just comes out of good work and being successful. Everybody was pleased about the performance - we could have drawn".
"But we know also this is not a one-day project, it is from the long term". But we have to reward ourselves and we didn't today. 90 per cent of fans wanted Sakho, which was going to the limit of what we could do.
Palace chairman Steve Parish has backed his under-fire manager publicly, however, ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, who grew up in Croydon, could be under consideration if De Boer fails to win at Burnley on Sunday.
De Boer was able to succeed at Ajax as the club has everything in place for him to succeed. His players have looked ill at ease with a three-man central defence.
A debut goal last time out at Wembley will certainly have settled Wood after he got the move into the top flight he and his representatives had been working on all summer.
"Suddenly it can change very quickly". "We only had four pre-season games, three PL games and one cup game".
Palace have struggled in the Premier League so far, having lost all of their games, including a 3-0 home defeat to new boys Huddersfield Town.
The fact that these talks about De Boer's future only seems to stress how ridiculous modern football truly has become, managers do not have the opportunity anymore to implement their own brand of football or to bring in their own players over a sustained period of time.
To another he said: "We can't just keep on spending and spending". "If you get some big signings for Crystal Palace then we can get that system and now we have to really reconsider that". I have a very good positive feeling from what we have seen in this week when everyone was together.
The Dutchman is under huge pressure after a losing start to the Premier League campaign which has seen the Eagles fail to score or collect a point.
De Boer had success at Ajax with players reared in that culture and allowed to play at a pace conducive to thought.