Palace Trigger Townsend’s Release Clause – Newcastle Fans Are Distraught

0 Posted by - June 28, 2016 - News

Having heard last night that Palace have made bids for Marseille duo Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda, it now sounds as though we’ve triggered Andros Townsend’s Newcastle release clause too. 

This article offers the distraught Newcastle perspective on the news that Palace are closing in on Townsend. It’s lovely. 

Rumours of a Palace move for Townsend have been rife since Newcastle confirmed their relegation to the Championship at the end of last season, but until now, we had not seen the club stump up the fee necessary to trigger the former Tottenham midfielder’s release clause and begin discussing personal terms. 

As you would expect, the author of the piece attached at the top of the page can’t help but throw in a dig about the size of Crystal Palace in comparison with their beloved Toon Army, but as all know, such claims of club stature matter very little in the cutthroat business of football at the highest level, making any gripes Newcastle fans may have over the proposed switch completely pointless. 

After taking the wideman away from something of a personal hell at White Hart Lane last season, there will no doubt have been many Magpies fans who expected a degree of loyalty from Townsend ahead of the upcoming campaign, but release clauses tend to focus a player’s mind acutely on the present in favour of the future, making a potential jump straight back into the Premier League an attractive move to say the least, regardless of Palace’s “smaller” status in the English game. 

As a goalscoring midfielder, Townsend would immediately bring a new dimension to Palace’s play, using his trademark single-mindedness to scare defences and aid our strikers in the process. For all of the trickery and style that Zaha and Bolasie possess, Townsend would bring with him an end product that cannot be understated. 

You need only look at the sadness expressed by the Newcastle blog at the top of the page to know that it would make a great deal of sense for Palace to push for Townsend’s signature with all their might in the coming days. After worries over a bargain bucket summer window, Steve Parish and co. appear to be pushing the boat out and it feels very good indeed. 

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  • NickD June 28, 2016 - 7:33 am Reply

    Bit of a dilemma for Townsend. Either stay with a world class manger in the championship hopefully for just one year or play for a conference standard fraud in the premiership. Batshuyai and Townsend would be mouthwatering under a proper manager with a plan B. With American owners coming in getting a consistently good manager must be the way forward for you guys.

    • admin June 28, 2016 - 9:41 am Reply

      It could well be the next step, Nick.

  • Martin June 28, 2016 - 7:54 am Reply

    It will be hilarious after you writing this article if this ‘rumour’ becomes exactly that, a ‘rumour’. I’ll give you a rumour, Andros Townsend has very recently bought an house in Newcastle.

    • admin June 28, 2016 - 9:41 am Reply

      We all love a rumour don’t we, Martin…

  • Tommy June 28, 2016 - 8:06 am Reply

    Palace are an amazing club and I’ve always had a soft spot for them. That being said, Pardew would absolutely ruin Townsend as a player, and it would very much be in his best interests to avoid him. Not to avoid Palace, but to avoid Pardew.

    I’ve got nothing against Pardew either, he was a grafter as a player, and is a grafter as a manager… and that’s just where the problem lies, insomuch that he wants a team of grafters and just seems to be incapable of getting the best out of attacking flair players. I’ve seen games under him where Ben Arfa was literally playing at right back.

    And before anyone assumes that I’m hovering over Palace blogs waiting to pounce, this article popped up on the NUFC newsnow page, as the author of this site loves us 🙂

    Good luck for next season though lads and lasses, and be prepared for long losing streaks, stifled football, and absolutely mind boggling decisions and formations.

    • admin June 28, 2016 - 9:43 am Reply

      Cheers for a very balanced post, Tommy.

      I would throw Zaha and Bolasie into the equation though, he certainly hasn’t ruined either one of them, wouldn’t you agree?

      • Tommy June 28, 2016 - 7:23 pm Reply

        I can’t say I’ve watched enough of them over a number of games to give an honest answer, at least not since Pardew took over. And wasn’t Bolasie injured for a fair few games anyway in around the 3/4 mark of the season?

        I guess by saying that he’ll ruin them was a tad harsh, it’s just that Pardew expects every single man to get back and defend, which seems to curtail the genuine attacking players over a period of time.

        You saw exactly that towards the end of last season, and expect to see more of it next season. And do you know what, I honestly hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t think I am.

  • Spiceboy June 28, 2016 - 9:14 am Reply

    Happy if we buy Townsend not sure about the French keeper waste of money & wages i thought he was free now reading it will cost us 3m euros why do we need him Wayne is fine. Also not sure 30 odd million on a striker is the way forward as our defence is shocking. If we buy x2 centre backs a left back then have money left over i’m all for splashing out big money on a striker. Until our poor defence is addressed i hope alot of it is rumours. TOWNSEND great buy though will be very happy with that.

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