Andros Townsend perfectly personifies Crystal Palace’s season overall.
With one match remaining, both player and club have scraped just enough to justify their presence in the top tier.
Despite being dropped by Sam Allardyce one point and getting grief off the Palace fans, Andros Townsend has actually featured in 36 of their 37 Premier League matches this season.
The winger has started 30 league games and came off the bench in another six, scoring three goals and grabbing four assists.
In comparison, Townsend got four goals and two assists for Newcastle in only 12 Premier League starts and one sub appearance, although he was desperately trying to get in England’s Euro 2016 squad at the time…
Andros Townsend further angered Palace supporters this season when admitting he had been trying harder for England than he had for his club this season.
However, to an extent his contribution has helped the Selhurst Park side crawl just over that 40 point mark, the win over Hull last weekend ensuring safety and condemning the Tigers to the Championship.
This week has also seen Townsend pick up a personal award from Crystal Palace fans.
They were asked to vote on a number of goal of the season candidates from Benteke, Zaha, Cabaye and Townsend, with the winger picking up the highest number of votes for his strike against West Brom.
Andros Townsend was presented with his goal of the season award at Palace’s training ground on Thursday.
When it was claimed Newcastle were on the brink of bringing him back to Tyneside in January I was in two minds, as he undoubtedly has some ability but you also have to question his overall lack of first team games and consistency in his career so far.
Certainly it looks that with Palace’s survival, any possibility of him ending up back at Newcastle next season must have disappeared. If he doesn’t improve on this season’s involvement in only seven Premier League goals, then I don’t think Newcastle have missed out on any anything.