Now this is a bit of a random story that seems to have come out of nowhere. Jason ‘The Puncher’ Puncheon (see what I did there?) was not even getting games for Southampton 4 months ago, in fact he was struggling so much that he was loaned to Millwall for a short spell.
Puncheon had been deemed surplus to requirements because of the emergence of young prodigy Alex Chamberlain, and after his spell at Millwall he was loaned out to Premier League strugglers Blackpool, quite a jump considering he had struggle for games in League 1.
For the majority of his career he had played in the lower leagues and bounced around different clubs. He began his career with Wimbledon and stayed with them when they became MK Dons, amongst other clubs since he has played for Barnet and Plymouth Argyle.
Puncheon is predominantly a winger and capable of playing on either side, and centrally if required. His main attributes are his pace and his direct style, he has however at times really suffered from erratic form something that if he is going to impress at Blackpool he must eradicate.
Since his arrival on the seaside Puncheon has managed to score 2 goals in 3 appearances, and is providing a glimmer of hope for the struggling side over recent weeks. It appears these performances have not gone unnoticed around other Premier League clubs, and interest in the player is thought to be growing.
It was originally believed that Blackpool would move for the player this Summer if he continued to play well whether they were relegated or not, viewed as a player that could help them in both the Championship and Premiership it seemed an ideal signing. There is however now more eyes glancing at the 24 year old with sources claiming that the following top flight teams are considering Summer moves for the player, they include: Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton and West Brom.
In many ways I would have been surprised if it was bigger clubs linked with the pacey wide-man, but I am still unsure whether he is in fact top flight material long term. He has obviously impressed in his early games with Blackpool but it seems a bit too soon to judge the player and surely any moves are reliant on his form continuing until the end of the season. The other interesting factor is how much Southampton want to sell the player, should they lose Alex Chamberlain this Summer, Puncheon could have a better chance of games at St Mary’s, but that probably wouldn’t dampen his desire to move to a bigger club.
This is one of those stories that has come out of nowhere, and I question the likeliness of it, but it would really demonstrate a truly meteoric rise for a player who 5 months ago was being farmed out to League 1 sides. If it came off and he went to to become a solid Premiership performer in years to come, it would be some story, so for that reason I hope it happens, but I won’t hold my breath!
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