Andros Townsend is now a Crystal Palace player.

The player having inserted a release clause in case Newcastle were relegated, then happily signing for the first Premier League club that have offered him a way out of the now Championship club.

Releasing a personal message to all Newcastle supporters, Andros Townsend sends his ‘sincerest thanks’ and claims that it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’.

However, there is surely only one question that Andros Townsend had to ask himself.

‘In 12 months time would Andros Townsend rather be a Newcastle player in the Premier League playing in front of fifty thousand people under Rafa Benitez OR a Crystal Palace player under Alan Pardew‘?

This isn’t to say that Newcastle are guaranteed to bounce straight back but Andros Townsend clearly thinks they will, whilst the bookies make United an odds-on chance to do so.

Spending over £25m already, Newcastle are pretty much guaranteed to be the biggest Championship spenders this summer, will end up with the most expensively assembled squad and have the biggest wage bill.

All of these advantages leave Newcastle nailed on to do the job first time.

Not to mention of course that in Rafa, NUFC obviously have the best manager in the division.

Pulling all that together, if Newcastle go up and even if Palace survive in the Premier League, could Andros Townsend honestly look ahead to next summer and think he has made the right choice?

Andros Townsend personal statement to Newcastle fans:

‘I would like to put on record my sincerest thanks to the manager, board and fans of Newcastle United for the warmth and support they have shown me since I joined in January.

Please believe me when I say that this has been an incredibly difficult decision and one I have not taken lightly.

I signed for Newcastle fully aware of the task at hand and it was my absolute desire to keep the club in the Premier League.

I hope the fans could see that from day one I gave everything I possibly could during the season and never once gave up on the fight for survival. That’s why it was so hard when despite those efforts we fell short.

The future for Newcastle is very bright, with some great young players and an outstanding Manager who I have the utmost respect for.

However, after talking at length with the Manager and Managing Director I have made the decision to leave the club based purely on footballing reasons, with my wish to remain in the Premier League.

I remain humbled by the support of the fans during my time at Newcastle and wish everyone associated with the club success for the future.

The fans deserve a winning team and I fully expect to see the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Thank You’