Steve McClaren has declared that he will play Andros Townsend ‘straight away’, with the winger set to make his debut against Everton at Goodison Park next Wednesday (3 February).

The Newcastle Head Coach says that the winger is fit after playing regular Under 21 matches in recent times and that he has no fears about whether Townsend is ready to be thrown into United’s relegation battle.

The United boss also said that Newcastle have added ‘three very good players’ to what was an ‘already good squad’. Most fans would agree we are heading towards the possibility of a good team but claims of an ‘already good squad’ are open to debate…

Talking about the winger’s attributes, McClaren says that the player has the benefit of being two-footed and able to play on either side of the pitch.

However, previous comments from both player and Head Coach suggest that he is destined to play on the left hand side.

Nearly all of Newcastle’s attacks come down the right-hand side via Sissoko and Janmaat, with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum having been pushed out left into a positon that wasn’t ideal.

However, with Ayoze Perez looking almost certain to be the one who misses out, we are surely set for more speculation as to the young Spaniard’s future, considering claimed interest from a number of clubs, including Manchester United and especially Tottenham.

United have though been desperate for balance on that left side and now we only await a new quality left-back…

Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official website:

“Bringing Andros Townsend to the Club is a great signing, he’s a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come too.

“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.

“He has a good attitude – Andros feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.

“Andros isn’t fulfilling his potential at the moment and that’s why we have brought him here. We see a lot more from Andros and are giving him a tremendous platform at St. James Park to do that.

“He has been playing under-21 games, which I have watched, he is fit and will have a week’s training with us, so there’s no problems about him being ready. He will play straight away.

“I am very happy. The acquisitions have been very good.

“We have got three very good players to add to our already good squad.”