The signing of Andros Townsend by Steve McClaren for Newcastle United in January last year made a lot of sense for all involved, after all here was an exciting England international winger available at a reasonable price of £12 million – reasonable when you consider the premium attached to English players- but the move didn’t work out as the Magpies couldn’t avoid the drop and Townsend moved to Selhurst Park in the summer, a move he’s recently claimed he had little choice in making.
The winger noted:
“I was at Tottenham and I’ve had all the loan spells and then I went to Newcastle and said ‘I want to stay here for a few years’ but unfortunately that didn’t work out and I had to move to stay in the Premier League.”
Ironically for Townsend following his move, at one point it looked as though Newcastle and Crystal Palace could be swapping divisions as the Eagles struggled with relegation while the Magpies seem odds on for promotion.
A hat-trick of wins has turned Palace’s fortunes around somewhat, helped by Townsend who’s began to show the signs of why he was once viewed as England’s next big thing.
Here’s how Newcastle fans reacted on social media to their former player’s recent comments:
@ChronicleNUFC I wouldn’t have him back. Left a sinking ship let him stay at another sinking ship, ours is resurfacing.
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) March 31, 2017
— Ian Maxwell (@ianmaxwell2) March 31, 2017
— bobby martins (@BobbyGoa) March 31, 2017
—(@DanWillan84) March 31, 2017
@ChronicleNUFC Dont want him back he jumped ship and when we get up i cant wait for him and a certain liverpool player to return here
— Brian Robinson (@brobinson952) April 1, 2017
Andros Townsend speaks out about his time at #NUFC
The words of a man who may just return one day?
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) March 31, 2017