After much speculation, the clouds of questions that have been surrounding Andros Townsend’s future at White Hart Lane have finally lifted. The out of favour winger will move to Newcastle United, pending a medical, for a fee of what is believed to be around £12 million.
This season he’s only made three appearances in the Premier League, all coming on as a substitute. He’s also only started three matches this season.
Townsend’s strong on the ball and hopefully will succeed for Newcastle. He’s set to earn £55,000 a week and the medical will take place on Wednesday. He all but confirmed his departure of his boyhood club by tweeting a photo of him leaving the training ground on Hotspur Way.
— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) January 26, 2016
He was dropped from an Europa League match after a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner. It only got worse for Townsend after that, as it was made obvious that manager Mauricio Pochettino didn’t have the Englishman in his plans moving forward.
For the last couple of months he’s been suiting up and playing with Tottenham’s U-21 side. A huge downgrade for someone who was so highly regarded when he broke into the first team during the 2013-2014 season.
With Euro 2016 coming up, Townsend is still hoping to make Roy Hodgson’s squad. A good run of form in the second half season for Newcastle could possibly do it, but right now he’s a long shot for selection.
He’ll certainly help the struggling Magpies though, who would be relegated if the season ended today. They’ve also added midfielder Jonjo Shelvey this transfer period, who was out of favour at Swansea. It looks like Townsend is the latest addition to Steve McClaren’s island of misfit toys that he’s been accumulating this transfer window.
This deals looks to have been a win for both clubs. Newcastle get a player who can play on either flank or centre forward, who still has high potential, and is set to prove that he deserves to be in England’s squad come this summer. For Tottenham, £12 million seems like a huge sum of money that can go towards possibly bringing in other players this transfer window.
Hopefully Townsend only finds success as he starts on his new journey.
What do you think of this deal? Will Townsend succeed at Newcastle?