Crystal Palace may simply prove a mid-table team, but their squad is littered with top quality players. The Eagles are certainly no push-overs.
Last season may have seen a torrid final five months, yet a FA Cup Final cameo and fifteenth place finish is no mean feat. Moreover, Alan Pardew has improved his squad considerably over the course of the summer.
However, one player who has shone this season in particular has been at the club for three years now. In fact Jason Puncheon has already created more chances for his teammates than the likes of Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil.
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Since sealing a permanent move to Selhurst Park in 2014, Puncheon has discovered arguably the finest form of his career. It’s fair to say, now aged 30, that he is something of a latecomer to England’s top tier.
This is shown by the fact, during his four-year Southampton stint, he was loaned out no less than four times. It’s only now that the midfielder has seemingly settled anywhere.
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Moreover, considering his position, 12 goals in 88 appearances is an impressive return for Puncheon. His left-foot can often prove the scourge of opposing sides with his swerving long shots and free-kicks.
However, it proves the Englishman’s creative play that sees him attract the bulk of the plaudits he garners. Even so, the 30-year-old’s ability as a playmaker is criminally underrated.
So far this season, Puncheon has created an impressive 22 chances for his colleagues in just six outings. This sees the ex-Southampton man boast a fantastic average of just less than four a game.
Such an achievement is augmented by the fact the Eagles amassed just one point from their first three games, yet Puncheon still shone.
Kevin de Bruyne may prove the talk of the town this season, but his tally? An inferior 20 chances created. The complete top ten can be seen below:
1. Jason Puncheon, 22
2. Kevin De Bruyne, 20
3. Willian, 20
4. Roberto Firmino, 19
5. Dusan Tadic, 18
6. David Silva, 14
7. Nathan Redmond, 14
8. Christian Eriksen, 13
9. Nathanial Clyne, 13
10. Erik Lamela, 13
So, while Puncheon leads the way, Pogba and Ozil don’t even make it into the top then. Even some of the league’s most in form players can’t seem to touch Palace’s orchestrator in chief.
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