Jason Puncheon has held crisis talks with manager Alan Pardew, after a run of form which he on a personal level, feels was below what should be expected of him as a senior member of the squad.
Whilst Puncheon hasn’t had what many would consider to be an awful opening half to the Premier League season, there is no way of denying the fact that his statistical output has dropped considerably when looked at in comparison to the previous term.
It’s extremely encouraging to hear that Puncheon himself has been alarmed enough to raise the issue with his manager, proving that he is not only concerned with his own game, but also the effect that his recent struggles are having on the team as a whole.
In a sense, it is through situations such as this that Pardew will really earn his money as a top flight manager, coaxing the lost confidence back out of a man who is openly concerned about his own performances of late. Should he be able to transform Puncheon’s game once more, it will only serve to enhance his reputation in SE25, both with supporters and the playing squad, all of whom see Puncheon as a pivotal cog in the Crystal Palace machine.
With tough games against the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Stoke on the immediate horizon, a big goal (much like the one he bagged against Spurs at Selhurst Park last season) may just provide the spark Jason needs to rediscover his mojo and set him up for a successful run of games between now and May.
We as supporters are certainly hoping to see the Puncheon of last season back and firing on all cylinders sooner rather than later. Let’s hope the recent talk has done the trick.