Andros Townsend has shown flashes of what he is capable of since arriving at Newcastle United but is he capable of turning that into something more substantial?

Former Norwich and Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend, has his doubts.

The BBC pundit thinks that Andros Townsend is ‘very talented’ but says he looks at him and wonders whether he has ‘got enough to be a top player’?

I suppose two things to mention at this point….

Firstly, what exactly does the retired midfielder mean by ‘top player’, if he means for a team at the very top then fair enough but if he means being good enough to be a top ten player then that would be worrying.

Secondly, in Newcastle United’s current position we could never have expected to sign top players in January but it is realistic to assume that he would at least be significantly better than what Newcastle already had (unlike Saivet, Doumbia seemingly…).

Andros Townsend is clearly is more talented than most other options at St James Park and whilst he has drifted in and out of games so far, he is the only Newcastle player able to take anybody on and create something out of nothing.

Little surprise that after two years without a full 90 minutes in the Premier League, that he wouldn’t be capable of hitting the ground running and doing it for a full game, every game.

The positive in Andy Townsend’s comments as well, is that he is comparing him to two of the most in-form players of the minute, in Dele Alli and Harry Kane – for £12m you get what you get these days and in Newcastle’s case it means when in desperation you buy in January, you will always pay top dollar.

Andy Townsend speaking on Radio 5 Live:

“Andros Townsend is a very talented player but sometimes…I look and I think, I’m not sure whether you have got enough about you to be a top player.

“You look at the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, they will make mistakes but they’ll be top players.”