Steve Nicol claims that Newcastle are ‘taking a gamble’ with the signing of Andros Townsend.

The former Liverpool player says that what Newcastle need in their relegation fight is players who can come in straight away and put in good performances every match.

Nicol says that this isn’t Andros Townsend, accusing the winger of inconsistency and saying he is one of three things – ‘up there’, ‘down there’, or sitting on the bench.

Talking to ESPN, Steve Nicol does though acknowledge that the former winger has potential and that is why Newcastle have bought him.

This is hardly a revelation because which Premier League club would be selling players halfway through the season who are consistently excellent?

That is why Newcastle have been able to buy Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend – because they aren’t the finished article and have had issues at their clubs.

With an inability to play well on a regular enough basis, exactly why they are being let go – it isn’t rocket science.

Already we have seen with Shelvey, one excellent match winning display against West Ham, then the Watford game where he looked as bad as most of those around him.

If Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey can do it every other match then that should be enough to get us through to the end of the season and then regroup.

With then hopefully the pair of them AND their new team-mates then being able to perform more consistently as they move forward.

Steve Nicol speaking to ESPN:

“Newcastle need players who are going to come in and are going to play at a consistent level every game.

“If there is one thing Andros Townsend doesn’t do is comes onto the field and is consistent at a high level.

“He is either ‘up there’ or ‘down there’…or on his backside on the bench – so Newcastle are taking a gamble because of the potential that he has.”

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