Jason Puncheon a creative asset for Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon celebrates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon is having a fine start to the season.

Crystal Palace have had a up-and-down start to their 2016-17 campaign. After claiming just one point from their first three games, they are currently unbeaten in their last four, claiming 10 points along the way and sitting in eighth position.

One player who has been consistent for the Eagles is Jason Puncheon. The 30 year-old has been somewhat of a journeyman in his career, playing for nine clubs and making over 300 appearances in the Premier League and Football League.

Although he has shown glimpses of his talent at MK Dons and Southampton, it has been at Crystal Palace where his star has shone the brightest.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon

This season has seen Puncheon prove the point that you can play a highly effective game without scoring a goal yourself. The midfielder currently leads the league with 24 chances created, has 48 crosses - third-highest in the league - and has two assists to his name.

Working in tandem with Andros Townsend, the duo are continuing a tradition of strong wing play at Selhurst Park. This has in turn led to goals for their main frontman Christian Benteke, with the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker thriving on service coming from the wide areas and scoring three times this season.

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon

With West Ham winger Michail Antonio recently winning a call-up for England there seems to be no reason why Puncheon cannot join the international ranks.

The national team has lacked creativity in recent games and while Puncheon is not quite "the next big thing" he has attacking qualities and a level of experience which will come in useful.  

Gareth Southgate or a future England manager could do a lot worse at looking closely at the Palace man.

Chances Created Leaders

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) 24

Willian (Chelsea) 22

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) 22

Ross Barkley (Everton) 20

Dimitri Payet (West Ham) 20

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon in action with Everton's Ross Barkley

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