Andros Townsend has joined up with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

In quotes which could have been written by Moussa Sissoko, the now former Newcastle winger has declared that he ‘needed Premier League football at this stage in my career’.

At only 24 years of age and having hung around Tottenham without regular football for a few years, you do wonder why Andros Townsend couldn’t see the potential in Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United, with the club red hot favourites to bounce straight back to the top division.

More than a few Newcastle fans will have a rueful smile when they hear Andros Townsend state, that one of the attractions of Palace is that he hopes Alan Pardew can ‘take my game to another level’.

Maybe he has never heard of Hatem Ben Arfa…

The thought of Newcastle United potentially replacing Crystal Palace (and Pardew & Townsend) in the Premier League is just too delicious to even dream about at this point.

As some people are saying, ‘this is just modern football’, but Karma does have a habit of biting you on the backside.

Andros Townsend after agreeing to join Crystal Palace:

“First and foremost, it was an extremely difficult decision to leave. I enjoyed my time at Newcastle.

“I was loved by the fans and the manager was getting the best out of me, but at the end of the day I needed Premier League football at this stage in my career.

“So then it was sitting down and finding the right club for me and I think that was the easiest decision out of the lot of them.

“You only have to look at the wingers that the club have got and how the manager has got the best out of them.

“Hopefully he (Alan Pardew) can take my game to another level and build on the great start to the season they had last year.”