Andros Townsend has completed a move to Newcastle United, for a fee believed to be £12m. The 24 year old has spend 16 years at the club but has seen himself fall down the pecking order after a falling out with conditioning coach Nathan Gardiner saw him relegated to the Under 21s team.
The move makes perfect sense for both the player and the club. A £12m fee is probably fair for both sides and will free up some cash for potentially bringing in a new signing this window (Spurs have continued to be linked to Fulham’s standout youngster Moussa Dembele). Townsend has only scored 3 league goals for Spurs and this could be an opportunity to add somebody greater quality to the squad.
The move could also prove a good opportunity to be a good opportunity for Townsend to develop in pastures new. The writing’s been on the wall for a while, but you cannot question the lad’s professionalism, playing for the U21s without quarrel.
With the European Championships coming up, it is more than likely that he’s desperate to force his way back into Roy Hodgson’s thoughts, especially having missed the 2014 World Cup through injury. At Newcastle, the lad’s likely to see himself have plenty of game time to try impress his international gaffer.
Though many fans have been quick to turn on the Englishman in recent weeks, I for one am saddened to see a player that both rose through the ranks of the academy and supported the club as boy and man make his exit.
By Joe Thomas