It is 12 starts and 154 days since Andros Townsend signed for Newcastle United and today it has been widely reported that he has agreed a four year deal with Crystal Palace, after Alan Pardew’s club agreed to meet the £13m release clause.

There are a lot of things I don’t understand in life but now joining ‘why does anybody watch ‘Big Brother’ right at the very top is…’what are some Newcastle fans thinking of in their reaction to him jumping ship’???

A sizeable number of Newcastle fans have posted comments on this website, Facebook, Twitter etc etc saying things such as:

‘Good luck Andros next season, you deserve it’

‘Fair play, Andros Townsend is too good to play in the Championship’

‘He leaves with all our best wishes, thanks Andros’

‘Nothing to feel guilty about, Andros Townsend has been a class act at Newcastle…’

I’m not advocating a hate campaign but this is somebody who hadn’t played a full 90 minutes in the Premier League for the previous two years at Tottenham, yet Newcastle shelled out £13m, £55,000 a week and almost gave him a springboard into England’s Euro 2016 squad.

I’m sorry but I think it is absolutely disgraceful that he is walking out on us.

Personally, I think it is far worse than both Wijnaldum and Sissoko, both of who clearly are also desperate to get away.

Sissoko might have gone missing for most of the last three years but at least he did stick it out at United after near relegations in 2013 and 2015, obviously not joining the kind of club that he thought he was coming to in January 2013.

Likewise Gini Wijnaldum, when he was sold the move to Newcastle last summer, he could never have expected to score 11 goals and get five assists from midfield, yet still end up in the Championship.

With Andros Townsend, he joined Newcastle United with only 15 matches remaining, Newcastle in the relegation zone and one of the big favourites to go down.

He can hardly claim now that he didn’t realise what kind of situation he was walking into!

The very fact that he had a relegation clause written into his contract should have told us everything we needed to know. Easy with hindsight but I would much rather Newcastle had called his bluff and said it was either sign a contract without a clause in it or tough.

His career was going nowhere until Newcastle came along.

All of the above is bad enough but just read these collected quotes from Andros Townsend over the past five months.

Fair enough, desert the half-submerged ship, but don’t give us all this hypocritical crap and then walk away…

Andros Townsend after signing for Newcastle 27 January 2016:

“As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join.”

“Two of the best positions you can play in football are centre-forward/left wing  at NUFC. I’ve got the chance – I could never turn that down.”

“I can’t wait to play my first game at St James Park, I’m excited!”

Andros Townsend 29 January 2016:

“I spoke to my family, spoke to my agent and spoke to Spurs obviously – think they were all in agreement that Newcastle was the right club for me at this stage in my career.

“Last few years I have been out of the Spurs team, important that I got back to playing football and showing people what I am capable of. Newcastle were the best platform for me to do that.”

Andros Townsend 5 February 2016:

“If you look at next season, and the one after, I am sure there is a big future for Newcastle.”

Andros Townsend talks about Rafa Benitez appointment 29 March 2016:

“Getting Rafa Benitez to come to Newcastle just shows how big this club is.

“I am excited to work with a manager who has coached the best, won everything in the game, managed huge games.”

Andros Townsend after scoring against Crystal Palace 3 May 2016:

“No, I’m not thinking about it (England/Euros). My main focus is helping Newcastle stay in the Premier League.

“If anything happens on the back of that, then great – if not, then I’ll go away and prepare for next season.”

Andros Townsend after relegation 17 May 2016:

“It’s no secret that I hadn’t been getting too much game time over the past season and a bit. Newcastle took a chance on me, brought me to the Club and I can’t thank them enough.

“Ever since the manager (Rafa Benitez) came in, you can see that he has taken my game to another level.

“I’m hugely grateful and if I get the opportunity to go to the Euros, I will be proud to do so representing Newcastle.

Andros Townsend after call-up to 26 man provisional England Euro 2016 squad 19 May 2016:

“I can’t speak highly enough of the Newcastle fans and manager Rafa Benitez.

“They have helped get my confidence from under the ground, where it was six months ago, to back up where I want it to be. I am back on top form. I feel good, fresh and sharp.”

Andros Townsend 27 May 2016 after playing for England at Stadium of Light:

“Obviously I’m grateful because I owe a lot to Newcastle for getting me playing Premier League football again and getting me back in the England squad.

“So I owe it to them and hopefully I did Newcastle proud when I came on.”