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Roy Hodgson simply must start Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon against Wolves

Roy Hodgson simply must start Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon against Wolves

Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty downbeat after seeing their side suffer a fourth Premier League defeat of the season on Monday night.

Roy Hodgson’s men went into their trip to Bournemouth having won one and drawn the other of their previous two league matches, and thus seeking to gain a bit of momentum having lost three in a row prior to those results. Yet they were dealt another setback at the Vitality Stadium as goals from David Brooks and Junior Stanislas either side of a Patrick van Aanholt equaliser sealed a 2-1 success for Eddie Howe’s team, thus leaving Palace 13th in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Eagles supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are wondering what changes, if any, Hodgson may seek to make in a bid to get back to winning ways against Nuno Espirito Santo’s impressive Wolves this afternoon.

And having excelled in Palace’s 3-0 win at West Brom in the third round of the Carabao Cup last week, Hodgson simply must opt for £4.5 million-rated Jason Puncheon (as per Transfermarkt) against the newly-promoted outfit later today.

Ultimately, the 32-year-old has endured a tough time recently in missing much of 2018 with a cruciate ligament injury, to the point that he was actually touted for a move away from Selhurst Park during the summer in a bid to get his career going once again.

Yet the Englishman remained at the London club but has so far failed to feature in any of their seven Premier League matches, albeit he has been given a chance to shine in their two Carabao Cup clashes so far this term – and shine he certainly did against West Brom last week.

The 32-year-old was excellent down the right-hand-side for the Eagles in their routine success over Darren Moore’s high-flying Baggies, constantly causing problems in attack and helping the visitors dominate much of the encounter against the Championship side – it was like watching the Puncheon of a few years ago.

And the confidence he would have got from a display like that would have really helped the 32-year-old in his bid to get back into the first team fold, with Hodgson naming him on the bench in three of their last four league matches, albeit he failed to feature.

But with the Eagles seriously struggling for consistency, and indeed failing to turn their territorial advantage into genuine goal-scoring opportunities on Monday night, Hodgson may seek to shake things up in the attacking third of the pitch – and Puncheon should be the main beneficiary.

The Englishman has clearly worked extremely hard to get back to a level in which he can push for a regular place in a Premier League side, and having produced the goods against West Brom last week, Hodgson should seek to opt for the 32-year-old against Santo’s Wolves this afternoon as his side bid to get back to winning ways.

Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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