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Born: 26 June 1986
Came from: Barnet Went to: Southampton
First game: 09 August 2008 Last game: 28 December 2008
Appearances: 7 (6/1) Goals: 0
Born in Croydon, Puncheon began his career as a trainee with Wimbledon and made 42 appearances for the club before he was released by the relocated Milton Keynes Dons in 2006. He then had brief spells with non-league Fisher Athletic and Lewes before joining Barnet. His form there led to interest from several clubs, with Argyle winning the race to sign the winger. Despite beginning his first season at Argyle in the starting line-up, he lost his place after just five games and joined his former team, MK Dons, on loan. He was recalled from this loan shortly before Christmas 2008, but re-joined Milton Keynes for a second loan early in the new year. After spending the 2009 pre-season with Argyle he once again returned to Milton Keynes, this time on a season-long loan.
Puncheon made 61 appearances and scored 11 times in his three loan spells for MK Dons before he left Argyle to join Southampton in the January transfer window of 2010, cutting short his third spell with the Buckinghamshire club as a result. Initially playing regularly for the Saints, he fared less well after manager Alan Pardew was replaced by Nigel Adkins, and eventually lost his place to a young Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, a player later sold to Arsenal for £15 million. In his first two years at St Mary's, Puncheon was loaned out three times: to Millwall in November 2010 (5 goals in 7 games); to Ian Holloway's Premier League Blackpool in January 2011 (3 goals in 11 games); and in August 2011 to Queens Park Rangers, also in the Premier League (2 games). When he netted his first Premier League goal (on his debut for Blackpool), he joined a select group of players to have scored in the top four tiers of English Football.
Having publicly criticised Southamptonís Chief Executive, Puncheon's return to St Mary's could have been difficult had it not been for his subsequent apology. By the end of the 2012-13 campaign, despite his many loan spells, he had still managed 81 appearances and 10 goals for his club, and had earned a contract extension to tie him to St Maryís until 2016. In August 2013 his nomadic career continued when he joined fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on loan for the season, joining other ex-Pilgrims Darcy Blake, Yannick Bolasie and Jason Banton at Selhurst Park.
In January 2014 Puncheon made his loan spell into a permanent move for a fee of around £1.75m after his three goals that month (and a further three in back-to-back wins in April) lifted Palace away from the relegation zone. This led former Argyle boss Tony Pulis to issue a 'hands off' warning to other clubs.
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