Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has told the Croydon Advertiser he feels Jason Puncheon’s upturn in form has something to do with Neil Warnock’s recent departure.
Dann has described the winger’s last two performances as ‘unbelievable’ and has suggested the reason behind his momentum is the effect Alan Pardew has had coming into the club.
“I think that's more of the Jason Puncheon we saw last season,” said Dann.
“For whatever reason that is, whether the new manager has come in and given him a lift, I don't know.”
“On his last two appearances he has been unbelievable.”
The BBC infamously carried details last March of a fine the winger was handed after comments he made about Warnock on social media site Twitter.
That created the debate over the friction that would exist between Puncheon and the former boss, when Warnock was unveiled as the club’s manager last August.
Pardew may have given Puncheon a bit more confidence both on and off the pitch and if he is the reason behind the winger’s form then long may it continue.
The challenge for Puncheon now is to be consistent over the rest of the season and play a key role in helping the side move up the Premier League table.
Teams are going to find systems, which pin him back inside his own half so it’s important he continues to work with the new manager effectively to stay alive in games against all opponents.