Spurs boss Daniel Levy is afraid to let Andros Townsend go out on an initial loan to Newcastle, or indeed any other club, in case he proves a dud and it vastly decreases his value in the summer.
The Mail say that despite claims Daniel Levy had accepted he wasn’t going to get the £14m he wanted for the player in this January window and would have to let the winger go out on loan first, that this isn’t the case, with Spurs insisting on a permanent deal up front.
Obviously the market is going increasingly crazy but even taking that into account, on what Andros Townsend has actually ‘achieved’, £14m is very crazy. It would equate to spending £2m for every Premier League match for Spurs that the winger has actually completed – Townsend having only started 22 PL games for Spurs and being subbed off in 15 of them.
It is now 22 months since Andros Townsend completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League, the 24 year in total having only started 34 PL matches (including 12 for QPR on loan) in his entire career, scoring five goals. He hasn’t even came on as a sub in the Premier League for over three months…
When you add in his discipline problems and at one point being totally dropped from the squad after a very public argument on the pitch with a Spurs fitness coach, you have to wonder just how Daniel Levy arrives at the £14m valuation.
Of course it is a case of ever increasing amounts of money chasing very few players but the bottom line is that by the time next season kicks off, Andros Townsend will be a 25 year old winger who has still achieved next to nothing, unless he gets his chance and does something in the next four months.
Starting a handful of games for England and scoring a couple of goals, has undoubtedly played a major part in Daniel Levy believing he can ramp the price up, but surely he must now have a choice of either dropping the asking price or allowing a try before you buy loan arrangement.
The reports yesterday in the London Evening Standard said that a loan before buying deal was the preferred option of both Andros Townsend and Newcastle United.
Delaying a pernament deal until the summer would put any cash outlay into next season’s spending for Newcastle, whilst Andros Townsend would then be able to better ‘consider his longer term options’ in the summer…and not risk being stuck at a relegated club.