Jason Puncheon left Crystal Palace following the expiry of his contract last month, so it was something of a surprise development to see him score for the club’s U23 side on Tuesday – naturally Eagles fans were quick to react on Twitter.
Goal for @CPFC as Jason Puncheon drives low into the corner. 0-1
— Corinthian-Casuals (@CorinthianCas) July 23, 2019
The 33-year-old departed Selhurst Park having scored 16 goals and provided a further 22 assists in 169 appearances in all competitions for the south London outfit across two spells, spending the second half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Huddersfield Town.
While Palace’s official Twitter account glossed over the fact that Puncheon was on the score-sheet, their opponents the Corinthian Casuals didn’t and it certainly sparked a reaction from Eagles supporters on the social media platform.
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They have been linked with a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy in the last week, but given Puncheon has played in more of a central midfield role in recent years rather than out wide, one fan even suggested that they no longer need him if the 33-year-old is still to be involved with the club.
Others were confused about the situation – even though it appears likely he is simply training with them as he searches for a new employer – while a couple were quick to say that their one-time captain is “one of our own”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Jason Puncheon will be our next and last signing in this window.
— Holmesdale Talk (@HT_CPFC) July 23, 2019
Memories and Feelings Coming Back.
Jason Puncheon scoring goals for Palace.
Playing with the u23s to get some match fitness while he looks for other clubs. ?? https://t.co/Er2UnUnEBZ
— CPFC in the states ? (@holmesdaleUSA) July 23, 2019
Flanagan & Puncheon score the goals as the u23s win
Wouldn’t it be #cpfc if we decided to give Punch a new deal after all that ‘Goodbye Punch, thanks for the last 6 years’ in May
— Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) July 23, 2019
We’re going to resign Jason puncheon ?????#cpfc
— Steve Thompson (@sthompson001) July 23, 2019
— CPFC Lewis (@SimplyMamadou) July 23, 2019
swear we released him
— CPFC (@KingEmbiid) July 23, 2019
He’s one of our own #CPFC
— Ian (@sunroof65) July 23, 2019
Give him a contract as we dont want to sign anyone. Hes one of our own
— Ben Hopkins (@benh199225) July 23, 2019
Sign him up…top boy
— deano (@bpdeans74) July 24, 2019
— CPFC NEWS HQ ?? (@CPFC_NEWS_HQ) July 23, 2019