Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side suffer a third straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their meeting with struggling Southampton at Selhurst Park off the back of losses at the hands of Liverpool and Watford, and thus seeking for home comforts in a bid to get back to winning ways. Yet the Eagles were unable to do so in London on Saturday as goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sealed a 2-0 victory for Mark Hughes’ side, thus leaving Palace with just three points from their opening four matches.
Thus, there have been many disappointed and frustrated Eagles fans up and down the country in recent times, while one man who is also unlikely to be overly thrilled at present is midfielder Jason Puncheon.
And that’s because the 32-year-old remained a Palace player beyond the close of the EFL loan window and European window last week despite reported interest in his services, thus suggesting that the £35,000-a-week star (as per Spotrac) may well have made a huge error in failing to get out of Selhurst Park.
The Englishman made the move to Palace back in 2014 after enjoying a loan spell at the club the season before to thus earn a permanent move to Selhurst Park, with the attacker going on to appear 162 times for the Eagles since then, netting 16 goals and laying on 22 assists along the way.
Yet things have been testing for the 32-year-old in recent times given he suffered a cruciate ligament injury back in January of this year to thus rule him out for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign, although prior to that he wasn’t exactly a regular in failing to start any of their preceding 13 games before the City draw.
And following the arrival of Max Meyer to the attacking ranks, Puncheon’s immediate future prospects look pretty bleak given he has yet to appear in the Premier League for Hodgson’s side, even if he did return to the bench against his former employers on Saturday.
Thus, at the age of 32 and very much reaching the twilight of his career, it may well have been in the Englishman’s best interests to leave for regular first team football this season, as that doesn’t look overly likely at Selhurst Park.
And with Middlesbrough reportedly keen on the attacker, as they seek to return to the Premier League this term, it appears that Puncheon has missed a trick failing to leave Palace in pursuit of the game time he is very much unlikely to get at the London club.
Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!