According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough are set to sign Jason Puncheon on loan from Crystal Palace, in what would be a very wise move from manager Tony Pulis.
Although this may look like a fairly uninspired choice by Middlesbrough, a 32-year-old, that has played barely any football over the past year, this is the type of addition that a side chasing promotion needs.
Puncheon (valued at £4.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has not featured for Crystal Palace in the Premier League so far this season. He made his first start of the season on Tuesday as his side beat Swansea in the League Cup, but it looks as though his playing time will be limited this season. He will also be finding his fitness after a serious injury in January, meaning a Premier League club may not be his best location.
That is why Middlesbrough is the perfect place for Puncheon. Not only would he be joining a side that is joint top of the Championship, with aspirations of promotion, but he will be teaming up with a former manager.
Pulis and Puncheon worked together at Crystal Palace in the 2013/14 season, with the midfielder having a very successful season under the Welshman. This wouldn’t simply be a transfer that is done for the sake of it; it is done because the manager knows what to expect from the player and vice versa.
This is an informed decision by Pulis, and it is likely to be successful. Puncheon will not take much time adjusting to Pulis’ set up, and can be a very useful member of the squad very soon. The fact that Puncheon has consistently played in the Premier League for a number of seasons means he will bring a quality that The Boro will want in their promotion push.
Middlesbrough fans should be very hopeful that this deal will come through. An opportunity for a player to link up with a manager that brought them great success should never be overlooked, and Middlesbrough will profit from it.