Jason Puncheon has officially been made Crystal Palace captain by Frank de Boer this summer but yesterday, when the midfield was substituted during the second half, we were treated to a heartwarming moment between him and Yohan Cabaye.
If there had been any concerns over potential disharmony in the squad following the manager's decision to remove Scott Dann as captain and give the job to Puncheon instead, the above clip dispels them rather beautifully, with Yohan obviously elated to be given the honour of captaining the side in Puncheon's absence.
On paper, Scott Dann looks every inch the rightful leader of the group. Tall, strong and noticeably vocal at the heart of our back four, Alan Pardew's decision to give him the captaincy at the start of last season looked to be a logical move. Sadly for Scott and the club as a whole, it was a switch which seemed to weigh heavily on his shoulders and when Sam Allardyce arrived with the intention of saving us from the drop, he placed Puncheon in the role instead.
In direct contrast to Scott, the responsibility of captaincy seemed to have a remarkably positive impact on Puncheon's game. Clearly proud of being given the honour, his drive and dynamism went up a notch or two each week, inspiring confidence in his leadership both on the pitch and in the stands as the season reached its most pivotal stage.
Now, with the title having been made official by de Boer, few seem unhappy to have Puncheon as their leader and as Yohan Cabaye's reaction to taking the armband from him shows, Jason has taken on the look and feel of a captain like a duck to water. Hopefully, it all bodes well for the upcoming Premier League season.