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Why Andros Townsend To Newcastle Transfer Story Is Wrong On Every Level

8 years ago

News today of Andros Townsend linked with a potential summer move to St.James’ Park.

With Newcastle supposedly looking at recruiting English/British players rather than from abroad, it is a story that works – up to a very small point.

Yes he is English, he isn’t first choice at Spurs, so potentially he could be moving on in the summer.

However, I would question whether Newcastle would now be seen as a better bet than the likes of West Ham and maybe even Crystal Palace, to a player based in London, who is maybe looking for an alternative club.

Maybe a couple of years ago when Newcastle finished fifth you could have argued the case, but what exactly would be United’s selling points at the moment?

Looking at it from the other direction, I have to doubt whether Townsend is the type of player Newcastle should contemplate going for.

In flashes he has shown undoubted quality but his overall profile is surely a massive turn off.

As well as playing for Spurs, Andros Townsend has been out on loan at an astonishingly long list of clubs; Yeovil, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Ipswich, Watford, Millwall, Leeds, Birmingham and QPR.

Surely the question has to be, why so many clubs? Also, if it was a good idea him being out on loan, why did he not return to clubs he’d already been on loan at. Is it a case they didn’t want him back?

Townsend turns 23 this summer and he has a grand total of three goals in the Premier League.

Mike Ashley is always keen on a punt on damaged goods. Andros Townsend, if he was willing, would definitely fall into that category and be a very risky imvestment.


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