JASON Puncheon’s goal against Chelsea has catapulted him into the limelight in more ways than one.
As well as making him a certain starter for Saturday’s derby with Blackburn – assuming Ian Holloway doesn’t spring a major selection surprise – last week’s consolation goal has alerted other clubs to Puncheon’s potential.
The 24-year-old has joined the Seasiders from League One Southampton until the end of the season.
It seemed an odd signing at the time, with some believing the step up in class would be too much for the untested winger.
But Puncheon has responded with some fine performances and, according to Premier League sources, has caught the eye of other clubs.
Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and West Brom are all reported to be keeping tabs on his progress and could make a bid at the end of the season, when Puncheon returns to St Mary’s.
It is a meteoric rise for a player so far down the pecking order at Saints before Christmas that he was loaned to Millwall.
Ian Holloway is also in the Puncheon fan club and has hinted he will make a move in the summer.
The player won’t come cheap, though. Signed from Plymouth for £250,000 last year, Puncheon is under contract at Southampton until summer 2013 and will be valued at around £1m.