Jason Puncheon bid an emotional farewell to the Palace faithful following the Eagles’ 5-3 win over Bournemouth on Sunday but now that he’s officially become a free agent, it’s looking likely that he’ll reunite with former boss Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough.
After declaring a passing interest in bringing the south Londoner to The Riverside Stadium in both of the last two transfer windows, Pulis now looks to have an unobstructed run at the 32-year-old, whose recent loan spell at Huddersfield Town came to an end with a whimper rather than a bang.
Having worked together in SE25 during Tony’s successful if short stint in charge, the Boro boss is well aware of what Puncheon can bring to Teeside and whilst his chances of cutting it in the Premier League look to be dwindling by the week, there’s nothing to suggest that he can’t still play a key role in a squad battling around the play-off places in the second tier.
You would imagine, given his advancing years, that any deal Puncheon does manage to strike with Boro would be for one or two seasons at the very most but if he still feels fit and motivated to compete from week to week, there are far worse places for him to be plying his trade than with a side who’ll be doing all they can to make it into the promotion shake-up come May of 2020.
Stepping out at Selhurst Park yesterday in a suit and sunglasses, Puncheon spoke with real emotion about the love he has for Palace; the club he supported as a boy and captained when he was at the peak of his powers. His time in our squad may have come to and but he’ll always be welcomed back with open arms in south London. I for one hope he goes on to experience more success wherever he pops up next.