Much has been made of the decision by Alan Pardew to drop Andros Townsend at the weekend.
With only one Premier League goal (when Palace were already beating Stoke 3-1) and zero assists in three months, Crystal Palace fans have increasingly been getting on the winger’s back.
Andros Townsend had started all nine Premier League matches but had been subbed in four of them and was subsequently dropped for the 4-2 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday, which leaves Palace only one point above fourth bottom.
Whilst Wijnaldum and Sissoko at least joined clubs that could be capable of achieving. the decision by Andros Townsend to join Crystal Palace just looked a desperate decision to get away from Newcastle and the Championship at any cost.
A player who had failed to play a full 90 Premier League minutes for Spurs in two years – quickly forgetting how Newcastle had rescued and shown faith in him, paying a massive £13m for somebody who had barely kicked a ball in recent times.
The decision by Andros Townsend to desert Newcastle after only 12 starts and refuse to take responsibility in helping the club bounce back to the Premier League, was arguably even worse than the likes of Janmaat and Sissoko who had at least put in a few years at our crazy club.
Nevertheless, many Newcastle fans warned Andros Townsend about the dangers of joining Crystal Palace and now the feeling is that the winger has been well and truly Pardewed.
Interesting to wonder what the player now thinks about what he said after agreeing to join Alan Pardew and Palace – Andros Townsend on 1 July 2016:
“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.”
Yes Andros, we all thought as well that Alan Pardew would take your game to ‘another level’, just not quite the one that you were kidding yourself about…